Making The Right Choice for Successful Aging


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​There are more choices than ever for older adults. Is independent living an option or is assisted the way to go? Do they need to think about memory care? Maybe living at home could be possible with the right help.

But for all the options that are available, many families either aren't aware, or are not taking advantage, of their resources. In fact, according to a study commissioned by Home Instead Senior Care, "When asked what sources of information on senior care they had looked into, 67 percent of adult children said they had not taken advantage of any of a dozen potential resources. Responding to the same question, 54 percent of seniors said they had not tapped any of the potential sources of information about their own care."

Of course, the problem with this is that not having access to the right care could result in more serious health consequences. Home Instead Senior Care works with healthcare professionals, and families themselves, to help older adults and their loved ones close the information gap. Here are some of the common misconceptions that we encounter on a regular basis:

  • Cost: Many families believe they can't afford the kind of care that's the right choice for their older adults – or they are afraid to spend the money because they want to leave a legacy or have it if they need it later. It's important to educate families about the specific costs (and coverage options, when applicable) before rejecting any option out of hand.
  • Communication: Some older adults aren't entirely forthcoming to their families about their medical issues. They may try to hide falls or memory lapses to avoid causing concern. Their family members may not know the right questions to ask to get the full story, or they might be uncomfortable with the topic. Giving families the tools to communicate is a crucial part of ensuring everyone has what they need to make the best decisions.
     
  • Fear: Older adults who are transitioning to another lifestyle often fear the unknown. In addition to the (thankfully, mostly outdated) concern of being "put out to pasture," a move to a facility, or the addition of in-home help often involves surrounding themselves with new people whom they don't know or trust. Ensuring that those involved in their care are professionally trained, bonded and insured can go a long way to easing their worries.

For more information about successful aging options for older adults and their families, please contact us! 

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