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Staying at home to receive long-term care

Many elderly people living in New York and who require long-term care would prefer to stay in their own home. While making a decision about whether or not staying at home is feasible, there are some important things to think about. A person may want to consider the condition that their home is in and whether the home can be modified. The availability of long-term care services in the area is also an important consideration.

A person who has chosen to receive long-term care at home will likely need to make some modifications to their home. A medical alert system may need to be installed along with handrails to prevent falls. If an individual is in a wheelchair, the home may need to have wider doorways and entryway ramps built for accessibility.

In addition to considering the available long-term care services that are in the area, elderly people who would like to stay in their own homes might want to consider how 'aging friendly" their community is. For instance, some communities offer support services for elderly or disabled residents such as home delivery of meals and adult day care centers. Whether or not a community has convenient public transportation is also an important consideration.

An elderly person who would prefer to stay at home to receive long-term care might want to consult with an elder law attorney. Some individuals may qualify for financial assistance that could help them to pay for vital home modifications or repairs. An attorney may be able to help a person hold onto a greater portion of their assets through smart Medicaid planning.

Source: LongTermCare.gov, "Staying in Your Home", December 23, 2014

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