Tuesday, January 14
It’s never too early to think about “aging in place.” Now is the time to take some basic and critical steps to make it easier for yourself or a loved one manage at home well into their senior years. Don’t let a crisis dictate an unplanned and/or undesired move to a nursing home.
This informational session features on steps to take now to remain in your residence when an unexpected illness, fall, or challenge occurs. Learn about simple home modifications, considerations, and area supports. Hear about documents that need to be reviewed and updated every few years, especially if a dementia diagnosis is given. Learn about costs of nursing home care vs. aging in place and the realities of Medicaid if long term nursing home care is needed. Finally, learn how care managers can be key to helping preserve quality of life, planning ways to free family members from being responsible for day to day needs, and being a knowledgeable voice in advocating for needs with medical providers, insurance representatives, and other community organizations.
Planning ahead is hard because it not possible to predict exactly WHEN or HOW needs might change. However, it’s possible to be well-prepared so that when a change occurs, your chance of being able to stay at home with supports is greatly strengthened.