aging in place

On-Demand Services Can Help Seniors Ease Age In Place But Be Aware of Their Limits

The uberization of senior services is all the rage. You can download an app and order up a home visit from a doctor. You can get home delivered groceries or prepared foods. And, of course, you can get a ride. While these services were designed primarily for the young and overworked, there are real potential benefits for older adults and [...]

By |2017-07-05T11:07:49-04:00July 5th, 2017|aging in place|0 Comments

Long-Term Care Is Increasingly Becoming Managed Care At Home

Medicaid long-term care is rapidly changing, and some of those trends may eventually remake the way all of us receive personal assistance as we age or become disabled. Nearly half of all states are now providing Medicaid long-term care benefits through managed care, and 13 states are requiring older adults to receive care that way. At the same time, four [...]

By |2016-10-21T14:00:28-04:00October 21st, 2016|aging in place, Care Coordination, Medicaid|5 Comments

How Can You Help Older Adults Age At Home? Ask What They Need, Then Help Them

Here’s an idea: If you want to know how to help frail older adults age at home, start by asking them what’s important. Then, provide the assistance they need to help them reach their goals. Their challenges, and the solutions to them, are usually pretty straightforward—a grab bar in the shower to prevent falls, good nutrition and medication management, or [...]

By |2016-09-22T08:00:56-04:00September 22nd, 2016|aging in place|1 Comment

Democratic and Republican Platforms Back Home-Based Care For Older Adults

For the first time, both major political parties have explicitly recognized in their platforms the need for community-based long-term care. While the Democratic and Republican platforms included few specific recommendations, the fact that they acknowledged the importance of personal assistance and social supports for older adults (and in the Democrats’ case, for younger people with disabilities) is a significant step [...]

By |2016-07-27T12:45:05-04:00July 27th, 2016|aging in place, family caregivers|0 Comments

How much is family caregiving worth?

What are family caregivers worth? As the credit card commercial says, they are priceless. But they also have a financial value. And calculating that value is important as we consider ways to help them. For example, before Congress creates new government supports for family members who help aging parents or other relatives with disabilities, it will want to know if [...]

By |2016-06-10T15:03:33-04:00June 10th, 2016|aging in place, family caregivers|0 Comments

Why Encouraging Older Adults to Stay In their Homes Isn’t Always Smart

Most of us, most of the time, want to age at home. But the reality is not everyone can, or should. Sometimes staying in your own home as you become increasingly frail is a poor choice. It can be lonely and even dangerous. It can burn out family caregivers. And it even can be more costly than other options, especially [...]

To Stay in their Communities, Seniors First Need A Place To Live

Sometimes, you just have to say what is crashingly obvious. And when it comes to older adults aging at home, here it is: If seniors are going to avoid a nursing home, they need a safe, affordable alternative. Without one, they may die prematurely. And even if they live, they will almost surely need institutional care, which may be a [...]

By |2016-05-27T10:25:41-04:00May 27th, 2016|aging in place|0 Comments

Should You Stay In Your Home As You Age Or Move To A Senior Community?

Older adults may be better off living in age-segregated communities than in neighborhoods or buildings filled with young adults or families with kids. They may have better support, access to more services, and even a better sex life. That, at least, is the conclusion of University of Florida professor Stephen Golant, an environmental gerontologist and expert in the housing of [...]

By |2015-10-16T09:28:59-04:00October 16th, 2015|Aging, aging in place, Senior housing|1 Comment

What the Battle Over Home Health Care Worker Pay Is Really About

Should the aides who provide home care for frail elders and younger people with disabilities receive a living wage and decent benefits? If they do, how can families, who often are unable to afford care today, be expected to pay those higher wages and benefits? Should the market be allowed to set these prices, or should government intervene through minimum [...]

By |2015-03-18T16:34:20-04:00March 18th, 2015|aging in place, long-term care workers|1 Comment