Senior Health Care
There are many senior care housing options for older adults over who reach retirement age. They may include living in their own home or residence, sharing their home or another place with others or moving into a retirement community or residential care for the elderly. Making this choice depends on one’s income, health, and family situation. There is an increasing number of older adults age 85 and older living in active retirement communities, senior citizen housing, low income senior housing and assisted senior living facilities.
When faced with the daily challenges of aging and illness, finding the right home health care can sometimes be difficult. Leaving the familiarity, comfort and security of ones home isn’t always necessary. Day care can provide older adults with everyday tasks that allow them to live independently. If only for a few hours or up to 24 hours, seven days a week, including weekends and holidays. Services can help a senior maintain their highest level of functioning, and for practically any living arrangement to help support emotional and physical independence and to enhance their overall quality of living at home.
Because seniors use the health care system more often than younger people, they need Good comparative information on quality of care in order to make the best health care Decisions. Seniors also need to understand how Medicare works.
Most seniors in California have access to Medicare, which is a federal health insurance program. The Medicare program gives seniors a choice between receiving their care through the traditional fee-for-service system or through an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization). Some seniors may also be eligible for Medi-Cal, which is a federal/state health insurance program for low-income people. Medi-Cal also offers seniors a choice in how they receive health care services.
Seniors on Medicare or Medi-Cal may need to decide:
- Whether or not to join an HMO
- Which doctor or health plan to choose
- Which nursing home to choose
- Which Eldercare referral service to call (www.elderhomefinders.com)