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Are there viable alternatives to nursing homes?

Because of the high prevalence rate of nursing home abuse and neglect, many families seek out alternatives to nursing homes for elderly loved ones who need round-the-clock care. If you do not want to risk your loved one's health and safety, you may wonder if there are viable alternatives to nursing homes in New Mexico. Fortunately, the answer is yes. Medicare.gov lists just a few. 

One of the first alternatives to nursing homes the site lists is community services. Many communities offer volunteer services that assist with things such as transportation, shopping, bill pay and financial matters. These services are low cost, with many only accepting voluntary donations. Other organizations may provide more comprehensive services at varied costs. Some such services include meal programs, adult day care and visitor programs.

Another alternative is home care. Home care services provide varied levels of care and may assist with chores such as cleaning, shopping, cooking and laundry.

Accessory dwelling units are another option. An ADU, otherwise known as an "in-law apartment," is an add-on to an existing single-family home. This type of setup, which typically includes a separate living and sleeping area, kitchen and bathroom, allows elderly individuals to maintain their independence while still remaining close to family who can provide help when needed.

Another option is a board and care home. Board and care homes provide group living arrangements for those who cannot live independently but who do not need services nursing homes typically provide. Many board and care homes provide assistance with daily activities such as dressing, eating, bathing and using the restroom.

You may also want to consider a continuing care retirement community. A CCRC offers several types of housing and varied levels of service. Some units, which are typically apartment or condo style, allow residents to live on their own with minimal intervention. A CCRC may also have an assisted living facility for those who need some help with daily care, as well as a nursing home for those who require comprehensive care. As your loved one's needs change, he or she may move from one level to another but stay within the same CCRC.

The content in this post is for informational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice. 

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