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Could long-term care options expand to include foster homes?

Foster homes may be an alternative to nursing homes for seniors who need daily living help but not medical care. These homes, also known as adult care homes or board-and-care homes, provide a home-like setting for clients with round-the-clock supervision, social interaction and independence. In Texas and other states, these homes blend into local neighborhoods and are an affordable housing option for seniors who need long-term care without the need for nursing homes.

For most seniors, housing is a primary concern after hospital discharge. Families may be faced with a sudden dilemma when an elder loved one can no longer live alone. Foster homes for adults help seniors who do not require medical care avoid costly institutional care and maintain their independent living status. Older adults thrive in these home-like communities where they receive meals, transportation to a medical appointments and medication management.

Foster homes are an affordable alternative with daily rates less than half the cost of traditional nursing homes and assisted living facilities. There are over 30,000 licensed homes across the country, and many accept Medicaid and community care waivers as well as private payments. There are no guidelines for these houses, however, and certifications and licensing vary from state-to-state; therefore, some may not be monitored by state agencies.

The population of seniors in Texas and elsewhere continues to increase and so does the need for affordable housing. The right type environment for older individuals is crucial for successful aging. Family members who have concerns about their loved one's long-term care plans may contact an attorney to discuss options for affordable housing.

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