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Housing Crisis Affects Seniors Needing Care
Date:1/15/2009

Unable to sell homes, seniors increasingly turning to home care vs. assisted living

GLEN ELLYN, Ill., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The national real estate crisis has affected all aspects of life, and long term care is no exception. For many seniors unable to sell their homes, moving to an assisted living facility is no longer financially possible. For this reason, the option of aging-in-place with retrofits is growing in popularity along with utilizing home care assistance. By using caregivers and modifying homes to be friendlier to the aging process, many seniors will be able to remain in their homes for as long as possible - which, according to an AARP housing research report, is exactly what 83 percent of older Americans would choose to do when given a choice.

Always There Resources knows there's no place like home and would like to educate the local community about how aging in place with home care can be a viable option. About.com Senior Health reports that seniors who go to nursing homes or other assisted type facilities are usually not in need of complex medical care, but rather are having difficulty taking care of their personal needs. Additionally, when faced with making a choice for care, oftentimes home care can be more affordable than moving to a care facility.

Staying in their own homes as long as is possible can mean a great deal to many seniors. Familiar surroundings can be therapeutic. When faced with recuperative needs and considering in-home services, here are some important factors to consider:

  • Culture of the care recipient
  • Current financial situation of the care recipient
  • Formal/informal support system of the care recipient
  • Current level of care required; future level of care prognosis
  • Mental status of the care recipient
  • Ability to get up and down out of a chair or a bed'/>"/>

SOURCE Always There Resources, Inc.
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