When most seniors are asked about their preferences for housing during retirement years, they will often reply, "I want to stay in my own home."
As we grow older however many of us find that managing households including driving, shopping, cooking, and cleaning very difficult. Complicated often by managing one's own personal care such as bathing, grooming, and dressing, creates the need for bringing in outside help.
If you are a family seeking in-home help, this section is for you. You may wish to try our Caregiver Selector Tool which helps you assess the types of caregivers and agencies that are appropriate, or read our descriptions of the Types of Home Care Agencies and the Types of Caregivers yourself.
You may place an Employment Listing to hire private assistance, Browse Resumes of caregivers seeking employment, locate Home Care Agencies or Adult Day Care Programs, find tips for making a home safe for seniors, find contractors specializing in Home Modifications, get Meals Delivered, and arrange reliable Transportation. We can help you locate Alzheimer's Care and Hospice Care. We also provide an excellent selection of Home Health Care Products.
Home health care agencies can provide nurses and nursing assistants to help with skilled care as well as the general activities of daily living. Your local home health agency can also provide skilled care services such as nursing and physical therapy when needed.
Check our Department of Health / Senior Services page for information regarding the point-of-contact for every state and U.S. territory health department of senior services area.
Home Modification services help seniors adapt their homes to meet needs related to their declining abilities, such as building entry ramps and installing grab bars in bathrooms. Home Delivered Meals provided by local "Meals on Wheels" programs ensure your loved one is getting daily nutritious meals and Grocery Delivery services see that food is brought into the home. Transportation services for travel assistance to Dr. appointments and grocery shopping are often arranged by local "Areas on Aging" and state agency service programs in various communities.
Perhaps your loved one needs legal assistance to plan advance directives for health care such as living wills and durable power of attorneys for health and finances. An elder law attorney can also help with estate planning, guardianships, wills, trusts, and health care planning.
Maybe you need to consult with a financial advisor about paying for long term care by considering long term care insurance, reverse mortgages, and what coverage to expect from Medicare or Medicaid. The complexity of coordinating and managing home care services, coupled with expenses, and declining health, often calls for, and justifies the need to acquire home support services.
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