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Florida seniors and their families worry about memory, cognitive issues, and dementia. And rightly so.

Columbia University research finds that 1 in 10 seniors over 65 have dementia, with another 22% having mild cognitive issues. 

Scientists are working hard to understand and treat dementia, with more than $3.7 billion being spent on Alzheimer’s, a type of dementia, in the US this year.

But what can you do when your senior loved one has memory issues, and you need to find the best memory care community?

When it comes to caring for a loved one with memory challenges such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, finding the proper care is just the first step in a larger journey. 

One of the most significant aspects of this journey is understanding how to finance specialized care for your senior loved one.

Florida Senior Consulting is so passionate and committed to helping seniors with dementia that all of our employees, from the CEO to the marketing team to administrators, have taken the time, effort, and training to become Certified Dementia Practitioners with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). 

We are the only company in Florida to make this commitment for our seniors.

 In this guide, we aim to provide clear, compassionate insights into various financial avenues you can explore to secure the best care for your senior with cognitive issues.

When it comes to caring for a loved one with memory challenges, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, finding the proper care is just the first step in a larger journey. 

One of the most significant aspects of this journey is understanding how to finance specialized care for your senior loved one.

At Florida Senior Consulting, we know the complexities and emotional weight of these decisions and help seniors and their families with these issues every day.

 In this guide, we aim to provide clear, compassionate insights into various financial avenues you can explore to secure the best care for your senior with cognitive issues.

Paying for Memory Care by Blending Personal and Public Resources

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Navigating the costs of memory care often involves a mix of personal funding and public assistance. Private pay might include pensions, retirement funds, savings, or family contributions. Public avenues include government-funded programs like Medicare, Medicaid, or VA benefits.

  • Personal Funding Options
    • Pensions, retirement funds, and savings
    • Financial contributions from family
    • Real estate assets, either through sale or rental
  • Public Assistance Options
    • Government-funded programs like Medicare, Medicaid, or VA benefits

Understanding the balance of these resources is crucial, especially with the average monthly cost of memory care at $5,995 in 2023.

Understanding Medicare and Medicaid in Memory Care

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Medicare, the federal health insurance program, offers limited memory care support, primarily for medical needs rather than personal care. Key coverages include medical equipment, certain inpatient care, and hospice services

Medicaid, a joint federal and state program, extends broader benefits, potentially covering home health services, transportation to medical appointments, and even inpatient hospital care. These benefits vary by state and require the care provider’s participation in the program.

It’s important to understand these differences to effectively navigate their benefits.

  • Medicare Coverage
    • Primarily for medical needs
    • Limited support for personal care in memory-related conditions
  • Medicaid Benefits
    • Broader in scope than Medicare
    • Varies by state, covering more comprehensive care options

Memory Care and Veterans’ Benefits – Aiding Our Nation’s Heroes

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For our veterans, the VA provides various programs to help cover memory care costs. 

These include the Veteran-Directed Care program, which offers a monthly budget for personal care services and home modifications, and the Aid and Attendance benefit, which provides financial aid to low-income veterans. Additionally, State Veterans Homes offers tailored care, including memory care and assisted living.

For veterans, specific VA programs can significantly aid in financing memory care. These programs are designed to recognize and support the unique needs of those who served.

Veteran-Directed Care (VDC) Program

  • Monthly budget for various personal care services and modifications

Aid and Attendance Benefit

  • Additional financial support for low-income veterans

State Veterans Homes

  • Multiple types of care, including memory care and assisted living

 Leveraging Home Equity and Life Insurance

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A senior’s home can be a substantial asset in funding memory care. Options include selling the home, renting it out, or taking out a reverse mortgage. Similarly, life insurance policies can be sold or surrendered for their cash value, providing another funding source.

Home Equity Options

  • Methods to convert real estate assets into usable funds for care

Life Insurance Options

  • Ways to utilize life insurance policies for immediate financial needs

Utilizing Personal Assets and Non-Medicaid State Programs

Personal assets like 401(k)s, pensions, and savings are often used to finance memory care. Furthermore, some states offer specific programs to assist with Alzheimer’s or dementia care. These programs might support services like adult day care or in-home respite care and are best explored through local Area Agencies on Aging.

Personal Assets

  • Retirement accounts, investments, and personal savings

Non-Medicaid State Programs

  • State-run programs that offer additional support, varying by location

Exploring Alternative Funding Options

Beyond the more traditional routes, tax credits, caregiver loans, Alzheimer’s care loans, and nonprofit organization assistance can provide unexpected financial support. These options cater to unique circumstances and can be vital in covering memory care costs.

Tax Credits

  • Financial benefits to offset costs for those supporting a parent with dementia

Caregiver and Alzheimer’s Care Loans

  • Immediate financial support, designed to be repaid over time

Nonprofit Organization Assistance

  • Support from charities and nonprofit organizations

Community Resources and Support

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Community organizations can provide invaluable support and resources in your family’s journey of memory care planning.

Local Alzheimer’s Associations and Area Agencies on Aging

  • Offer support, guidance, and access to local services and programs

Preparing for the Future

Long-term planning is crucial when a family member has cognitive issues. This involves legal, financial, and healthcare considerations to ensure your loved one’s needs and wishes are honored.

Legal and Financial Planning

Healthcare Directives

  • Establishing necessary legal documents for healthcare decisions

Florida Senior Consulting: Your Dementia Care Experts

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Choosing the best memory care for your senior loved one is challenging and often confusing for many families. Knowing what memory care community offers the best services needed by your senior loved one takes specialized knowledge.

Florida Senior Consulting is so committed to helping our seniors with dementia that every employee of our firm has taken the time, effort, and training to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). 

To our knowledge, we are the only Senior Advisor company that has taken this step.

At Florida Senior Consulting, we understand memory care, assisted living, and independent living, and the best ways to afford them. 

Let us help you and your family with these difficult decisions.

As a Florida-based company with expert knowledge of the Florida senior market, we help seniors and their families every day.

We have certified staff, licensed nurse advocates, and decades of experience in the field.

Call us, and we will answer all your questions and help you decide what is best for you or your senior loved one with memory issues.

For peace of mind, call us at (800) 969-7176 or visit us at floridaseniorconsulting.com.

Contact Florida Senior Consulting

(800) 969-7176