We often hear the phrase “age in place” used to describe the best situation for our elderly parents and loved ones. However, what exactly is involved in aging in place? Is this something that everyone can accomplish?
In order to age in place, there must be a place to call home. For someone who has always lived in a single family home and wishes to continue this arrangement, aging in place requires a plan. Sometimes the home needs to be modified to minimize the risk of falls from climbing stairs or getting in and out of the bathtub. One level living becomes a reality for a lot of our elderly clients. Perhaps the individual requires supervision to make sure they are taking their medicine properly, eating regular meals and practicing good hygiene. More worrisome is the possibility that the senior is no longer safe in their own home. At this point, the family often decides whether to have a family member move in with the person or bring in an outside care provider. There are a lot of wonderful agencies who can provide many levels of care for you or your loved ones, from companion care to skilling nursing care. As you can imagine, this can become an expensive proposition, and for those with limited income and assets, an impossibility.
For individuals or couples who decide to move into a Continuing Care Retirement Community, aging in place requires a commitment to change your surroundings and a large investment. If this is financially feasible, this may be a good alternative to staying in the home and bringing in care providers. For a lot of our elderly clients, moving out of their home is a scary prospect. A good Geriatric Care Manager may able to counsel the senior and guide them through the overwhelming process of leaving their home, downsizing their assets and relying on strangers to take care of them. If successful, this can become a wonderful home for the resident and a saving grace for the family.
No matter where you choose to live out your remaining years, it is important to make your wishes known. This enables those around you can make every effort to ensure your desires are achieved and your needs are met. There are government benefits available to help pay for long-term care in the home or community, but there are restrictions to qualify. An experienced Elder Law attorney can evaluate your needs and possibly recommend a plan to get you qualified. Call for an elder law consultation today.
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