Protect Seniors from Fraud
To stay or leave home—that’s the decision that many seniors sooner or later will face. Whatever you decide, planning ahead for the next step is a good idea. Seniors will need to carefully consider their options after evaluating all of the elements of their unique situations, including health and safety.
Q. I’m not sure what to do about my next step in life. My wife passed away about three months ago. I think I’m starting to feel my age, which is 83, and I’m not sure whether to try to stay in my home, considering what life may be like for me in another year or two. My son and two daughters live a distance away, and they’re leaving any decisions up to me. What do you suggest?
For some seniors, it’s hard to surrender the independence of living at home if you still can do so safely. In many cases, it’s easier to remain at home than it was perhaps 20 or 30 years ago because of the help that’s available now. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) conducts research related to aging, including how older people can remain independent.
An NIA tip sheet introduces the kinds of help that you might want to consider so you can continue to live at home. Planning ahead is difficult because you never know how your needs might change. But, according to the NIA, the first step is to think about the kinds of help you might want in the near future. Consider these other suggestions from the NIA and the Home Instead Senior Care network:
There are other ways to evaluate whether you’ll want to remain at home. A Medicare resource has suggestions for alternatives to institutional care, including home care. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging lists housing options for aging adults that may be helpful.
Consider personal and home care aides, such as those employed by Home Instead Senior Care®, as another option. Home Instead CAREGiversSM are screened, trained, bonded and insured. They may be hired for as little as three hours and up to 24/7 to provide companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands and shopping. To learn more, call a local Home Instead Senior Care office.
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