What Does Aging in Place Mean?

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Aging in place. It’s a term you hear when planning homecare services. It’s something many senior citizens insist they want. What does it really mean?

Homecare Galion OH - What Does Aging in Place Mean?

Homecare Galion OH – What Does Aging in Place Mean?

The CDC defines aging in place this way. It’s being able to remain in your family home regardless of your retirement income, your abilities, or your age. You’re supposed to be able to remain in your home safely, comfortably, and independently. It means your parents should be able to remain in the family home without fear or difficulty.

How realistic is it to age in place? It may not be as easy as you’d think. One family found that the definition of aging in place didn’t fit their parent’s situation. Their mom made too much money to get help from Medicaid for homecare services.

Assisted living communities said their mom made too little for them to consider her. The mortgage payment, health insurance and prescription co-pays, utilities, and groceries ate up a lot of her income. There was little money left to pay for homecare. What happens when that’s the situation you face?

See Who Can Help

You need to sit down with family members and family friends who are happy to help. If you each look at your schedules, you may be able to arrange to have someone spend time with your mom each day. On days there are gaps, look into hiring a caregiver for an hour or two. That keeps the costs low and ensures your mom has the care she needs throughout the week.

Look for Funding in Other Ways

Even if Medicaid turns you down, talk to your mom’s doctor. There may be grants or programs you don’t know of that can help. Call your local agency on aging to see if there is anything else you’re missing. If your mom or dad was active in the military and received an honorable discharge, Aid and Attendance benefits may be available.

Is there a way you could be making some extra cash to cover homecare? Your mom or dad may be able to make some extra cash here and there by taking mystery shopping jobs in their area. If they’re crafty, they could sell their work at craft fairs and farmers’ markets. Etsy is another way to sell items they’ve made from the comfort of home.

Homecare services can be scheduled to stay within your budget. Talk to our homecare agency to find out what fees would be for your mom or dad’s needs.

Sources:  https://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/terminology.htm

If you are considering Homecare Services in Galion OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.