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The Elder-Boomer Buzz, Issue #002 -- How do you stay independent in your home...and if you can't?
June 01, 2009

Issue #2
The Buzz on Independence in Your Home


We've had several questions about folks desiring to stay independent in their homes as long as possible. Many thanks to Michael Jones, owner of ComfortKeepers home health care services in Sarasota, FL, for the following tips.

Question: While my wife and I had hoped we could remain in our home until we die, we fear we may have to leave our home of 52 years and move into a place that offers help if we should need it. How can we know if we are making the right decision? -- Marvin S., Sarasota, FL

Answer: Deciding to remain in oneís home requires a number of considerations including transportation, physical safety, and other support services such as day care and/or in home care services. Arranging help at home will allow you to extend your time at home and provide you more time to research other housing options before you actually need to make the change. Though most seniors say they wish to remain in their homes, many eventually face the difficult decision to relocate. Sometimes these decisions are made voluntarily, but at other times these are based on need.

Death of a spouse, debilitating illness, and family relocation are a few of the reasons a senior might need to look at changes in their living arrangements. But decisions made in haste can cause further upset and make changes even more difficult. I would recommend that you do advance planning allowing time for careful thought and serious exploration of options before a crisis arises. At any age, the choices we make are a reflection of our life experiences, values and desires. Decision-making should be thoughtful and personal. Attempt to include as many people as possible in your decision-making, particularly if you are making a decision on someone elseís behalf. Research your choices thoroughly and talk to others who have made similar decisions. Compile a list of what the needs and expectations will be and tour the facilities that meet those needs. The best time to choose alternative housing is when you donít need them. This will allow you more time to research, talk to other residents, and see if itís right for you.

Once youíve made your decisions, the transition to move will be easy on you, your wife, and your family. In the meantime, having Comfort Keepers helpers in your home could extend your time there. Services such as cooking, light housekeeping, transportation and shopping are just a few of the ways they help people remain in their homes a little longer.

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