My mom graciously let us use her home as a short-term, critical care step-down unit. All of the equipment I need was already there. It was plug-and-play.
We cared for Mom and Dad here for seven years as their health declined. Over that time we became familiar with the ins-and-outs of using the equipment and mobility aids. I make no claim to be a Certified Health Assistant BUT what I am going to talk about is not something you should rush into "cold".
I was curious what the level of care I am currently receiving would cost on the open market and what it would cost to replicate in a home...say one in Eaton Rapids.
The cost of short-term, critical care step-down in Michigan, in a corporate setting is currently $9000 a month or $300 a day.
Extras cost extra. I have the equivalent of a full-time, 24-7 health aide who would run another $500 to $1000 a day. That is not what the aides would get paid because the facility has to fold in overhead.
The care I am receiving is vastly superior to the care my Mom is getting. Due to the shortage of workers, the diet is heavy on deep-fat fried mystery-meat patties, dried mashed potatoes and canned gravy.
Another thing is that I don't have to listen to commercial TV. You cannot escape it in Mom's complex. Nor the other residents who believe that shouting is a more effective way of getting a CNA's attention than hitting the call button.
And my "nurse" is beautiful and charming.
Cost to replicate
IF (and it is a big IF) you have a loved one who is in position to give you care, and wants to spend that much time with you the following items cost the following amounts:
Hospital Bed: $900 or three nights at the average cost
Lift Chair: $900 or three nights
Medical walker + stand-alone commode + transport chair: $40 + $120 +$120 or another night.
So in Michigan, the cost of setting up to provide those services (using all new equipment) is the same as one week in a facility.
One of the concerns that is often bandied about is that the Deep State could cut off people they don't like from health services. It is more accurate to say that they could cut us off from insurance reimbursements and from admission to official, registered sources of assisted living...but as long as somebody loves you and has enough money to buy a used car, then you can still get care.