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For those born on the bayou, or others moving to the swampy state, nursing homes in Louisiana make for an excellent long-term senior care option. Skilled nursing residences and nursing homes in the state of Louisiana are designed to provide personal nursing and maintenance services for elderly individuals unable to properly care for themselves due to illness or age. With around 280 nursing homes in the state, there’s sure to be a quality home near you.
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Paying for nursing home care in Louisiana is rarely a cheap ticket, however, it helps to know that the state has lower nursing care costs than the national average. Median annual rates for private rooms come to $62,050 annually, or $170 a day, with semi-private rooms at around $56,575 for the year or $155 a day. It’s a good idea to shop around if you’re not set on any particular location, taking into account the various benefits of different cities and areas.
For more information on the cost of skilled nursing care in Louisiana, view Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey – Louisiana.
In Louisiana, there is something for everyone. Start by taking a stroll through the French Quarter, which is the oldest section of Louisiana. Buildings lining the streets may be up to 300 years old! In this district, you will hear jazz music as you visit restaurants, stores, cafes, and various entertainment venues.
You can’t talk about Louisiana without mentioning Mardi Gras. It is the biggest event in Louisiana, and even if you are not going be participating in the street festivities, the weekend leading up to Ash Tuesday is a time of celebration across the state, and especially in New Orleans.
Visitors to the USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial can climb on a decommissioned destroyer. Named for Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd who was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, the ship was active during WWII and has been featured in movies and TV shows.
The French, African, Spanish, and Caribbean people that settled here have heavily influenced Louisiana’s culture. The large Creole and Cajun populations in the state greatly impact the cuisine, language, and music. In some places in the state, you will hear locals speaking Creole or French just as often as English.
Louisiana has two basic regions: the northern uplands and the swampy marshlands along the coast. The Gulf of Mexico greatly influences the weather in this region. The state’s humid subtropical climate brings long, hot, humid summers, but short, mild winters. Rising sea water levels have been an issue as coastal communities and wetlands disappear. You can expect average summer temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter will bring average temperatures in the upper-40 to mid-50-degree range.
Annually, Louisiana experiences about 60 days of thunderstorms and 27 tornadoes. The state is vulnerable to tornadoes and hurricanes. These storms tend to devastate the coastal regions and communities.
Louisiana nursing homes are regulated by the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals. The homes must follow the standards of care on a federal and state level. Nursing home licenses are renewed yearly contingent upon being compliant with all regulations and standards. Nursing homes in Louisiana are required to have written procedures and policy for reporting neglect, abuse, or discovered injuries.
It can be reassuring to know the safety of wherever you or your senior loved one decides to seek care in Louisiana. If you are not sure where to start your search, try with one of these safe Louisiana communities:
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It’s not too common to have an extra $60,000 just lying around. Luckily, seniors aren’t without options thanks to federal and state joint funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid. As Medicare will only cover the first 100 days of care and will require a co-payment after the 20th day, it prevails in short-term coverage. On the other hand, Medicaid will cover the majority of nursing home costs for individuals with an income of less than $2,000 a month and over 65 years of age. Other factors such as medical conditions and marital status can also affect one’s eligibility. Be sure to review the specific guidelines for receiving coverage in Louisiana.
Nursing home residents still have the rights afforded to them as a citizen or resident of the United States. Other resident rights include the right to a dignified existence, self-determination, and communication with persons and services inside and outside of the nursing home. You have the right to exercise the rights afforded to you without fear of interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal.
Residents receiving nursing home care or any other type of medical attention in Louisiana are entitled to a comprehensive and accurate record of their diagnosis and treatment. State and federal laws provide that residents have access to their records and health information, as well as the right to know when disclosures have been made. Otherwise, these records are to remain confidential for up to 7 years and can be accessed by submitting a request and providing a small fee.