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Ways to ease into safe at-home living while aging.

By JoAnn Thibault

Don’t wait until you are in crisis mode and run the risk of safety and health while still at home. Learn your options now.

Maintaining Control: Begins by being well informed of your options before they are needed. Be prepared when you are advised by your physician or family members of what kind of outside resources are recommended. Choose the options that are right for you .

Aging in Place Options:

Grocery Delivery Services: Your local Council on Aging can help you with finding the right grocery delivery service

Companion/Homemaker: To assist you with your homemaking chores, take you shopping or do the shopping for you

Transportation Assistance: Many Senior Centers can provide transportation for you, or a home care agency can schedule transportation services with a companion if needed.

Chore Services: There are outside resource agencies that can assist you with many chore services on a one-time basis, with no obligation. Check with your local Council on Aging.

Aging Service Access Points (ASAP): There are 27 Aging Service Access Points throughout Massachusetts. (See List). Eligibility is dependent upon income verification. Ask for the Information Services Department at your local ASAP. They can provide you with much information and resources regardless if you are an existing client or not – don’t hesitate to call them.

Aging in Place Options: Full-Time Assistance

Help with personal care at home: Certified Home Health Aides or Personal Care Assistants.  Click Here: Important information to know about private homecare agencies. Before you pay out of pocket, check with your local

Call your local Visiting Nurse Association and ask for a consultation.  Check out this article: Click Here!

Explore alternative living situations: Assisted Living Communities, Rest Homes, or Long-term Care facilities.

Or stay at home with home health care services? It all depends on your health status, finances and interests.Click Here: (see: choosing a home care company)