New facilities are springing up all over the county for seniors in such areas as Escondido, Encinitas, San Marcos, and Vista. Some facilities have a resort type atmosphere and some even specialize in dementia and Alzheimer care. You can obtain a directory of senior facilities for assisted living, independent, and convalescent care from Alternatives for Seniors.
Moving a loved one to an assisted living, nursing home or convalescent home is not an easy decision. Particularly troublesome is how to pay for such care when one spouse needs to be cared for in a facility and the other wants to remain at home. Such specialized care can be expensive and impossible for many people to pay for out of pocket. It is estimated that long term care can cost $40,000 – $60,000 per year in some areas. Medicare typically will not pay for long term care. Some people have policies of long term health care which may partially cover such costs but if the insurance was not purchased when the individual was healthy, it is not going to be possible to obtain insurance once it seems evident that long term care will be necessary.
Medi-Cal is the California Medicaid system for people 65 or older with limited income and financial resources. Medi-Cal may pay for long term care however its rules and regulations are constantly changing and often confusing for the average person. At Law Office of Scott C. Soady, A Professional Corporation we can help you with Medi-Cal planning, which is the process of qualifying for benefits while still protecting assets that have taken you a lifetime to accumulate. Call or e mail us to set up a complimentary consultation.