My 100-year-old Grandma Martha may be nearing the end of her life. While she has lived a long life we are reminded that she is from a generation that really does not talk about death. Her generation had a life expectancy of age 75.
Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter wrote an article for The New York Times this month titled "First, Sex Ed. Then Death Ed". She shares the statistic that 80% of Americans would prefer to die at home, but only 20% actually do. She notes that often people in intensive care units may be restrained and have no idea they are dying. You can read more of Dr. Zitter's articles on her website.
Grandma has a pacemaker which has extended her life. But she also has macular degeneration which has caused her to lose most of her vision. Losing your eyesight dramatically impacts your quality of life. Which lead her to tell her doctor to only give her a "2-year battery" for her pacemaker last year. How do we better plan for death?
How do we decide to say "no" to medical procedures which may extend our life but not improve a diminished quality of life caused by a health condition which cannot be cured?
My father, at age 79, is also living life right now by volunteering in Ecuador. He just shared his whitewater rafting photos.
That's Dad in the back seat of the raft, hanging with the 20-year-old's.
My Dad is still living life, for sure. He has mentioned more than a few times that the adventure travel company assigned him a 26-year old lady from Argentina to accompany him to be sure he could manage. See, not everything about aging is negative! There are no right answers to some questions. We have to find the best possible answer for ourselves. The spirit of life pulls us forward. My Grandma still has the fight in her and we can see that and are assisting her to keep on going in all ways possible.
She is still living life. With a whole lot of help from family members and doctors and nurses and nursing aides and caregivers and friends. She still has a very sharp mind and memory. But she also is living with pain each day, which we cannot take away.
Starting the conversation about how we would like to experience aging and what we would not want done to extend our life if the quality of life will not be there should become a part of our care plan for senior care. Medical technology has allowed us to do what could not be done before for physical care and we need to become modern enough to discuss the emotional components of aging and caregiving as well.
Senior care companies and senior caregivers can begin the conversation about death with adult children by sharing stories of scenarios of aging that are positive and negative. By talking about death we can spark new ideas and solutions to learn how to age in a way that truly allows someone to not only be alive but to be living life.
Caregiverlist® has released the January 2017 daily costs of nursing homes in Indiana. The 558 Indiana nursing homes have an average cost
of $180 per day, or $67,500 per year for a semi-private
room. They have an average Caregiverlist® Star Rating of 2.6 out of 5
stars. Indiana's nursing home rates are among the lowest in the area; only Illinois' nursing home averages are lower at $166 per day. Michigan's nursing homes are the priciest in the area with an average cost of $229 per day for a semi-private room.
Michigan, the “Wolverine State”, has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world along Lake Michigan. Michigan ranks 15th most expensive in Caregiverlist®’s national nursing home cost database, with an average room rate of $229 per day for a shared room, or about $83,500 annually.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the state’s population in 2015 was 9,922,576. Of that, 1,570,671 or 15.83% of the entire population of Michigan was 65 years or older. AARP reports that most nursing home residents are elderly: 88% of nursing home residents are 65 or older, and 45% are 85 or older. Most seniors find themselves in nursing homes after a hospital stay, mainly for rehabilitation services. However, some seniors will find that a longer nursing home stay is needed and, once Medicare’s initial 100 paid days are complete, that nursing home care will have to be private pay.
Michigan senior care planning includes understanding costs of nursing homes in the chosen area, along with their overall ratings. Most people don’t know how much nursing home care costs and few people think of the cost of care until it’s too late to plan.
Long-term senior care costs are among our readers’ top concerns. Because of that, Caregiverlist® constantly updates our nursing home cost database and have released the latest costs and ratings for Michigan nursing homes.
Below is a snapshot of Michigan nursing home costs and ratings. You can also see Caregiverlist’s® at-a-glance Infographic for Michigan Nursing Home Costs for January 2017 here.
Total Number of Nursing Homes: 455
Average Single Price: $256
Average Double Price: $229
Average Rating: 3.0 (out of 5)
Star Rating Snapshot:
The Michigan nursing home with the highest Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Rating is Eaton County Health And Rehabilitation Services in Charlotte, MI with a perfect 5 stars (out of 5) across all five categories. This facility has 142 rooms and its single-room cost, $225, is around 12% lower than the average price of a single nursing home room in Michigan. A shared room at the facility costs $220 per day, or 4.27% lower than the average double price of $229 in the state.
In-home caregiving is an alternative to institutional care If around-the-clock care is not needed. Deborah Moerland, FirstLight Home Care owner in Okemos, MI says, “Being at home is a much more comfortable place for most people. They are familiar with their surroundings and they have a much higher morale when staying in their own home. It is also much more affordable than other options. Home care also allows people to remain independent and maintain a higher quality of life.”
Caregiverlist® can provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in Michigan and help you learn about the costs for senior care.
Seniors and their family caregivers can research nursing home costs and ratings in any state nationwide through the Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory, the only resource with this trademarked information.
Caregiverlist® has released the updated daily costs of nursing homes in Michigan for January 2017. The 455 nursing homes have an average cost
of $229 per day for a semi-private
room and have an average Caregiverlist® Star Rating of 3 out of 5
stars. Michigan's nursing home rates are the highest in the area. Wisconsin comes in second with $212, and Indiana has the least costliest nursing home rates in the area, with $164 per day for a semi-private room.
Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. On this day we honor Martin Luther King, Jr, and I have chosen this week's quote in his memory. This week's stress relief photo was taken while hiking in Manchester, Connecticut. I was struck by the fresh green tree in the mist. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.
"The time is always right to do what is right." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy 2017! It is time for the hopes and resolutions that come with each January. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. This week's stress relief photo was taken on North Avenue Beach in Chicago as a new day dawns. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We wish you a joyous and healthy new year!
"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy,
and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." -Helen Keller
We hope you have enjoyed a joyful holiday weekend and are able to cherish precious time with family and friends. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy our stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo was taken in London, England. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and the care you provide for our seniors. More caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. We hope you have a great last week of 2016. Happy New Year!
"Do small things with great love." -Mother Teresa
Caregiverlist® has released the updated daily costs of nursing homes in Illinois for December 2016. The 823 nursing homes have an average cost of $166 per day for a semi-private
room and have an average Caregiverlist® Star Rating of 2.6 out of 5
stars. Illinois' neighboring state of Wisconsin is the most expensive in the area,
with an average daily nursing home cost of $212, while Missouri's nursing homes have the least expensive nursing homes in the area at $126 per day
for a shared room.
Caregivers dedicate their time, energy, strength and patience to provide care as paid professional caregivers and as family caregivers.
But what exactly do the demands of the caregiving job entail for the caregiver? To what extent are these tasks affecting their lives? In hopes of spreading awareness on the challenges and struggles that caregivers face, ALTCP.org
shares 18 enlightening facts about caregivers.
Caregivers may obtain online training to assist them to deliver safe care and to learn how to manage the emotional aspects of caregiving. As more senior caregivers are needed, for both part-time and full-time caregiving positions, anyone interested in working as a professional caregiver may submit a pre-qualification job application to be considered for positions near them.