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Long-term care planning may be structured for staying at home

Many people would like to remain in their homes as they age and even during later periods of disability, as opposed to residing in a nursing home or other long-term care facility. There are services available here in Texas and nationally that may facilitate remaining in the home. However, the key is to make a long-term care plan that will incorporate all available resources.

A government agency, the National Institute on Aging, provides a very helpful webpage of information to help support elder home living. It also provides lists of links to resources that may be relevant. One of the starting points is to make a detailed examination of the facts as they exist and as they may be expected to develop.

Some of the questions will be to identify resources and people who may be available in the future to assist in one's care. In addition, one should take a look at his or her health conditions and disabilities to see what accommodations in the home may be necessary. Additionally, it may help to review the usual progression of these illnesses so that preparations may be made to cope with its later stages.

One should ask what types of care will be needed in the future. Hiring a home health aide is considered to be less expensive than a long-term care facility. However, there will likely be a need to use both skilled health care workers as well as personal care helpers. The former will provide necessary medical services while the latter will help with daily living activities, such as bathing, grooming and dining.

Such workers should be thoroughly vetted because they will have virtually unfettered access to one's property and belongings. Moreover, the screening should not necessarily rely on the agencies who place them. In addition, federal and state programs here in Texas are often introduced to assist people in long-term care situations. It therefore helps to remain knowledgeable and for one's family members to also keep current with all assistance programs that may exist.

Source: nj.com, "How to live at home as you age", Victoria Dalton, Feb. 7, 2016

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