There’s No Place Like Home
Some of the most common concerns as we age include: “The stairs are more strenuous”, “Since my wife passed away, it is just easier to open a can of soup for dinner”, or “I’ve been in the same house 40 years, and no other place will seem like home”. The most common comment- “I want to stay in my own home!” On the bright side: with the right help you might be able to remain safely in your own home.
What do I do first?
Planning ahead is difficult, as your needs will change. Maybe you live alone, but could benefit from some occasional assistance. Maybe you don’t need help right now, but your spouse needs a bit more than you can comfortably accommodate. Whatever your personal situation, start by talking to your physician about any health problems or chronic conditions, and if any of these may make it difficult for you to care for yourself in the future. You may find that proper planning may keep you more in control of your care, and some assistance with dressing, meal preparation, or medication reminders may be all you need in order to stay safely in your home.
Types of service… You can get almost any type of help you want-usually for a fee. The following list includes the most common services requested: Companionship, Housekeeping, Meal Preparation, Transportation, Errands/Shopping, Transfer Assistance, Medication Reminders, Medication Administration, and Personal Care Assistance (such as: Bathing, Dressing, Incontinence Care, Hygiene),
Getting started… Learn about the types of services and care found in your community. Your physician, health care providers, social workers, and the local Area Agency on Aging may have suggestions. Your friends and family are always a great resource, as well.
Costs of services… Financial planning is an important component of planning your care. Some services may be covered by Medicaid, long-term care insurance, Veteran benefits and employee assistance programs. Much of the cost for personal care will be out of pocket, with private funds. In the long run, the cost may still be less than moving into an independent living, assisted living, or long-term care community, and you will be able to remain safely in your own home. At some point, support from family, friends, or local programs may not be enough. If you need help on a full-time basis, and your funds allow it, you can hire care providers to assist you for as many hours or days as needed.
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Source: Excerpt taken from the National Institute on Aging by Synergy HomeCare,www.synergyhomecare.com
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