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Senior Care Explained

Senior care: It's at the top of every caregiver's priority list. Whether you're looking for just a few hours of in-home help each week or you need to find residential care for your loved one, you have questions. Here in Caring.com's Senior Care Directory, we've got the answers you need, no matter which options you're considering. And we've made them easy to find, organized by level of care. Use this Senior Care Directory to meet your needs, both now and down the road as your family's situation develops.

Your One-stop Senior Care Directory

There are more than 100,000 senior care providers listed in our directory -- this includes every U.S.-based provider of assisted living, home care, nursing home care, and senior or geriatric care management that we know about. We have a team of researchers adding more listings every day.

Because our senior care directory has so many providers in it, it's your one-stop resource for finding whatever kind of senior care you need. Bookmark us, and come back as your needs change.

You’ll also see consumer reviews as you search our senior care directory. Look for 1- to 5-star quality ratings and detailed consumer comments. See what families are saying about what they love (and what they don't). When you see negative reviews, look for the providers' responses to learn more about their customer service. And when you call the providers to schedule interviews or tours, be sure to ask about what you saw in their customer reviews.

Senior Care Outside The Home -- Residential Care

If you're like many people, you started looking for residential care by Googling nursing homes. We certainly have nursing homes in our directory -- but be sure to take a moment to explore the other residential care options listed, such as assisted living and independent living. Depending on how much medical supervision your loved one needs, you may have many choices in residential senior care near you.

Help with activities of daily living

When your loved one needs help with eating, toileting, dressing, walking, and other basic activities, you'll want to look in our assisted living category. Options vary widely -- private or semi-private; rooms, condos, or houses; giant communities or shared homes; luxury amenities or simple basics. Some of the providers you'll see offer memory care. Look for social opportunities, meaningful activities, fitness, transportation, cultural outings, and more. You can expect to pay $2,000-$5,000/month.

Ask for: Assisted living facility, assisted living community, board and care home, B&C, board and care facility, personal care facility

Specialized memory care

Many assisted living and nursing home providers offer memory care, but if you'd like to find a provider who really specializes in memory care or Alzheimer's care, look in our Alzheimer's care facilities category. You can expect to pay $3,000-$7,000/month for this type of care.

Ask for: Memory care, Alzheimer's care, dementia care

Active, independent living

If your loved one is still able to manage on his own but is ready to downsize or move to a more social, fun setting, check out independent living communities. You can expect to pay $1,000-$3,000/month, though some communities offer HUD-subsidized options for lower-income residents.

Ask for: Independent living, retirement communities

Spouses with different care needs

When one spouse is healthy and the other needs more assistance, consider continuing care retirement communities (CCRC). This can also be a good choice if your loved one wants to move once and never again. CCRCs usually require an up-front move-in deposit ($20,000-$550,000), and the monthly price range varies widely -- $500-$4,000/month plus additional fees.

Extensive medical help

If your loved one needs close medical supervision, please start your search in nursing homes. This is where you'll find round-the-clock nursing care, post-hospital rehabilitation or acute care, meals, transportation, and help with activities of daily living. Costs range from $6,000-$7,500/month or more; in many cases care is covered by the VA or by Medicaid.

Ask for: Nursing home, skilled nursing

Residential end-of-life care

When the time comes, your loved one can receive end-of-life care in an assisted living community, CCRC, nursing home, or a hospice that specializes in this type of care. Start your search in our hospice category; you can also ask other provider types what hospice options they offer. Hospice care is often covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance; cost is generally $200-$400/day.

Ask for: Hospice care, palliative care

Senior Care At Home

Most aging adults say they'd rather stay at home as long as possible. At the same time, it's not easy for a family caregiver to do everything that needs to be done. Having the right kind of help can give you much-needed breaks and help you balance work and family demands. If you're caring for a loved one from a distance, in-home care providers can be another set of eyes and ears when you can't be there. And high-quality home care providers can help your loved one stay active and healthy for as long as possible.

Just a little bit of help

Would home-cooked meals, help around the house, and rides to the store make all the difference? This most basic (and often the most affordable) type of in-home care generally includes light housekeeping, companionship, meal preparation, and help with errands. You can hire help to come on a regular weekly schedule or only as needed. Expect to pay about $10-$20/hour for this type of service, depending where you live.

Ask for: Companion care, elder care, elder companion

Help with activities of daily living

Any care that requires physical contact requires a caregiver with more expertise and training. If your loved one needs help with bathing, dressing, using the toilet, shaving, and other in-home care category. These caregivers can usually help with errand-running, light housekeeping, meal preparation, and companionship, too. You can expect to pay $12-$30/hour, or $120-$300/day for live-in help.

Ask for: Personal care assistant, personal aide, home care aide

Medically supervised help

For medical help such as changing dressings, providing postsurgical rehabilitation, overseeing medications, aiding with physical therapy, or helping with mobility devices, you'll want home health care provided by caregiver who's gone through training and is being supervised by a nurse. (Keep in mind that licensing and certification requirements vary by state; you'll want to ask lots of questions about your caregiver's qualifications.) You can expect to pay $15-$40/hour for this type of support, depending on the level of medical help needed. Be sure to ask if it's covered by Medicare or other insurance.

Ask for: Home health aide, certified nursing assistant, certified nurse aide, CNA

Skilled nursing care

If your loved one needs medical care that requires medical expertise, you'll need a home health agency to find a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or advanced practical nurse (APN). Nurses have the skills necessary to change catheters, give postsurgical care, treat wounds or bedsores, and oversee medical equipment. If your loved one is recovering from surgery or an accident, a home health care nurse may be covered by Medicare or other insurance; nurses usually charge $25-$50/hour.

Ask for: Skilled nursing, registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), advanced practical nurse (APN)

Socializing and getting out of the house

The downside to aging in place is the potential for loneliness and isolation. Adult day programs, also known as adult daycare, are a valuable resource for seniors who would otherwise be home alone. Adult day programs offer classes, activities, entertainment, and a chance to socialize. (And you're able to go to work or run errands worry-free). You can expect to pay $25-$150/day, and many offer sliding scale pricing.

Ask for: Adult day programs, adult daycare

End-of-life care at home

Finally, you should know about the end-of-life resources that are available to you in your home. Home hospice care is often covered by Medicare or other insurance; the cost is $20-$50/hour. You'll have a team of workers that may include a care companion, social worker, nurse, and/or chaplain, and they'll help provide your loved one with comfort and pain management. You can find this type of support by searching hospice. You can also search in-home care and ask providers to tell you what hospice options they offer.

Ask for: Hospice, palliative care