SENIOR HOUSING OPTIONS
2101 Washington St SW, 30014
Rent: Low-income, Has waitlist
Harmony at Covington
11101 Covington Bypass Road, 30014
PERSONAL CARE HOMES
Personal Care Homes are live-in placement options that provide care for seniors and people with disabilities in a home-like setting. Personal Care Homes are run by all kinds of individuals, from registered nurses to people with no medical experience. Sometimes the homeowner lives in the facility, while others are run like a business with shifts of caregivers.
Personal Care Homes can be an option for finding placement for people who don’t quite meet the criteria for nursing home placement, but may not have the funds for assisted living. Most care homes are located in regular neighborhoods and have been renovated for older residents. Seniors who live in these homes will typically have at least one roommate. Some homes may only have the ability to care for three or four residents, where others can care for many more.
Some homes are simply for people who may need companionship or help with cooking, laundry, housekeeping, and transportation while other homes help with personal care including feeding, dressing, toileting and bathing.
Costs for Personal Care Homes vary greatly based on the location of the home and the level of care needed and can range from $2,000 to $3,500 per month.
For low-income people that receive social security or disability the state may help pay for Personal Care Home placement through something called a Medicaid Waiver.
Georgia Health Services Network is a placement service that can help people find homes that accept state payment. You can contact them at 770-466-7771.
In Georgia, Personal Care Homes are licensed and inspected by the state. You can find care homes close to you and check their previous state inspection reports at the Georgia Department of Community Health
ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
Assisted Living is a long-term senior care option designed for people who require help with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance with bathing, dressing and transportation. Laundry, housekeeping and social activities are typically provided.
Accommodations and options may vary greatly from one assisted living community to the next. Some facilities offer full apartments, some studios with kitchenettes, while some are private or shared rooms.
It is important to remember that assisted living communities are a bridge between living at home and living in a nursing home. Assisted living communities do not typically provide the level of continuous skilled nursing care found in nursing homes and hospitals.
Assisted Living is not covered by Medicare or medical insurance and is typically paid for out of pocket. However, some long-term care insurance policies and Veteran's Administration benefits may help pay for Assisted Living.
Assisted Living facilities typically charge a base rate for room and board as with additional charges for special services. The average cost of Assisted Living in our area ranges from $3,200-$5,000 per month.
In Georgia, Assisted Living Facilities are licensed and inspected by the state. You can find Assisted Living Facilities close to you and check their previous state inspection reports at the Georgia Department of Community Health. Local facilities include:
7155 Dearing Road, Covington, 30014
The Oaks at Ashton Hills
10050 Eagle Drive, Covington, 30014
11980 Highway 142 N, Oxford , 30054
934 S. Main Street, Conyers, 30012
SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES (NURSING HOMES)
Skilled Nursing Facilities or Nursing Homes are long-term residences for elderly and disabled people who are unable to live in the community due to requiring 24/7 caregivers for things like feeding, bathing, toileting, dressing and walking.
While Medicare will pay for short-term placement at a Skilled Nursing Facility when skilled services like specialized nursing or physical therapy are needed after a hospital stay, Medicare will NEVER pay for someone to live at a nursing facility.
Nursing Homes/Skilled Nursing Facilities charge each resident approximately $6,000 per month to live at the facility. As most families cannot afford this, most residents apply for a special kind of nursing home Medicaid to cover the cost of their care.
Nursing home residents share a room with at least one other roommate. Nursing homes typically have one nurse for every 25-30 patients and one aide for every 12-15 patients. The nurse completes a patient assessment once each shift and gives the patient's medications while the aide helps with bathing, dressing and toileting. The facility will provide the patient's medications and meals, but family will need to provide clothing, haircut/styling services, cable TV and any room decorations.
You can look up area nursing homes including quality information at Medicare.gov. Below are the two nursing homes located in Newton County. If you need to place a loved one in a nursing home, contact the facility and ask to speak with the admissions representative.
Riverside Health Care
5100 West St, Covington, 30014
Pruitt Health Care
4148 Carroll St SW, Covington, 30014