Custodial care (also known as long-term care) most commonly describes the setting of a nursing home. This means that the client does not require a “skilled” service, but instead needs assistance with activities in their daily life, such as dressing, bathing, feeding, etc. These clients are generally not expected to return home, but could transition to another supportive setting in the community, such as PACE RI. Within custodial care, concierge and handyman services may also be available depending on the individual providers.
How to Choose a Long-Term Care Facility
Conducting an online search is the first step in choosing a long-term facility that best meets the client’s needs medically, socially and financially. Once a list has been created of prospective options, it is important to take a personalized tour, and possibly even stay for lunch. This gives clients and their families/caregivers ample time to ask questions, interact with current residents, and to discover some of the offered activities that might be of interest. Research can be done online. We recommend the following website: HealthRI.gov.
The cost of long-term care can vary. (Long-term insurance is also available. Policies and costs can vary, depending on the provider.)
- Skilled nursing could approximately cost between $9,000-$15,000 per month.
- Assisted living could approximately cost between $5,000-$12,000 per month.
- Long term care at home, if 24-hour care is needed, could cost upwards of $20,000 per month.