My uncle has been living in AL for about 2 years now. He pays $8K/month. His problems are mainly mobility - he spends most of his time in a wheelchair and needs assistance to get on/off toilet and into bed and with bathing. He doesn't have any complex medical issues that require management by a nurse (he only takes 3 prescription drugs.) Mentally, he is OK - there are some early signs of cognitive decline - such as forgetfulness, but he seems to know what is going on.
So, at this point, I'm getting concerned that the lockdowns of AL are going to affect his mental health. There is no one who can tell us when it will end. For example, they just tested everyone in the AL and found 3 positive staff members. This pushes all plans for outdoor visits back a month. Who knows when they will get to a normal situation where we can visit with him, where group activities resume, where he can travel, etc.
The more I think of it, the more the value proposition gets weighted in favor of leaving AL. So, he pays $8K in AL. Lets say I can rent a 2BR condo for $2000/month. 24 hour live in care costs $300/day. So, we are talking $11K/month. The problem is that I am not accounting for meals. That is where I'm not sure this works. Can I give the caregiver a food budget and expect them to have a car and do grocery shopping and make meals? What if my uncle needs help when they are shopping?
So, then I thought maybe we could try an Ind Living community where all meals are provided, but this raising living costs and we would still need the caregiver.
Has anyone made this switch? The value of leaving AL is quite high right now. I mean, right now, he is essentially in a prison. Even trips outside the building a limited - they have be monitored by staff and they get 30 minutes a day and I am not allowed to visit him when outside. For what he is paying, his quality of life has declined dramatically. I don't think he can tolerate another 6 months of this. Before, they would do lots of group activities. He had lots of friends visit. We could pick him up and take him to our house for meals and trips. If it costs an extra 3K a month, I'm starting to think it's worth it. The other thing to consider is that being inside an AL probably puts him at far more risk of contracting COVID than if he lived in a condo with a caretaker. The other thing to consider is that he was not happy in this AL even before Covid and wanted to move to another. So, leaving really isn't losing much. I imagine after 6 months or so, we can just resume a search for a better AL.
Anyway, curious about others in this position. Thanks