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AgeWise: Things to know about aging in place

(Winston-Salem Journal) The Center for Disease Control defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” The concept of aging in place represents the desire of many older adults to remain in their own home for as long as possible.
There are a variety of resources and services available, such as in-home aide service, adult day care, and transportation assistance, which can support a person’s decision to age in place. However, it may be difficult to find and arrange the necessary services for an older adult seeking to remain at home. Reasons for this may include unfamiliarity with community resources and/or the financial inability to pay for services.
An older adult may be covered by programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance or the Veteran’s Administration. It is important for the individual (or primary caregiver) to know their specific coverage and have a deep understanding of the financial and insurance benefits available to them.
A second important consideration is the specific support a person needs to make staying at home a viable option.
Community: There’s an online source for aging in place information, according to the Washington Post.
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