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At some point in people’s lives, they must decide whether to stay home or look into senior housing. As many as 77% of adults 50 and older want to age in their homes, yet 70% of older adults will need support in their homes. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and people age at different rates. There are many factors to consider. Therefore, there is not a simple answer to this question.
When someone has shown warning signs, people must decide what help is needed. The help and costs could be determining factors. An independent person needing little help or no help may benefit socially from an independent senior housing community. On the other hand, a person with physical limitations may need to evaluate home renovations and hire professionals to handle tasks they did themselves, such as a housecleaner, gardener, or handyperson. Those expenses may determine whether staying home or moving to a senior housing facility makes more sense.
In addition, an individual with physical or cognitive impairment may need a caregiver’s help. Which makes more sense – having a caregiver come to the home or living in a assisted living senior housing community. Furthermore, if a person needs 24-hour care, is it better to bring in a caregiver or live in a board and care or skilled nursing facility (SNF)? All questions need to be determined based on the person’s condition and financial resources.
A person’s financial situation can determine where one lives. There are several home options for seniors and rates vary based on location.
Understanding the costs is essential. In addition, people need to know a person’s financial resources (SSA, pension, 401Ks, investments, annuity, long-term care policies, life insurance, etc.) Plus, homeowners may have more financial resources than non-homeowners. For example, homeowners can sell or rent their homes to help pay expenses. A reverse mortgage is another option for homeowners who want to stay in their homes. All these factors help determine if a person should stay or move.
To help understand finances, you can consult a financial advisor, reverse mortgage specialist, or tax specialist/CPA to talk about financial options. To help look at housing options, you can consult an aging placement specialist. Consult an aging care manager if you need a professional to help facilitate the conversation about staying home or moving to a senior housing community. All these professionals are a resource.
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