Many services are available to help people stay in their homes, even when they have health care needs. But there are times when a person may need a level of care that can only be provided in a facility like a nursing home.
Long-term care insurance also may help pay. Coverage depends on your policy. Check with your insurance company to find out what they might cover.
You can also pay for nursing home care yourself. This is called "private pay." Private pay costs depend on a number of factors, including the person's physical and mental condition and the care he or she needs.
Medicare may pay for short nursing home stays. For example, Medicare may pay if you need to go to a nursing home for a short time for care after you've had surgery.
Many people moving out of a nursing home need services and supports when they move home or into another setting in the community. Help is available to decide what you need and how best to get it.
If Medical Assistance pays for nursing home care, you'll need to have an assessment to determine your ongoing health care needs. Your county worker or health plan care coordinator can give you more information.
If Medical Assistance does not pay for your care, you can get help through the Return to Community service offered by the Senior Linkage Line.