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Should You Stay Home Or Move To The Nursing Home? Ideas To Consider

If you or a loved one is trying to decide whether you should stay in your home or move into a nursing home, that can be a stressful and emotionally charged decision. In most cases, it is more affordable for a senior to stay in his or her own home for as long as possible. Here is a look at a few ideas that make staying at home a bit easier:

Modifying a home to accommodate a senior with mobility issues can be affordable.

You can spend tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars modifying a home so that it can accommodate a wheelchair, but you can also make potentially life changing accommodations without spending that much money. In fact, one non-profit organization in Baltimore recently put this idea to the test.

As part of the CAPABLE project, a group of handymen went into seniors’ homes armed with a few tools and $1,100. With just that money, they were able to fix banisters, glue down old linoleum, and make other changes that made staying at home possible for several seniors.

Physical therapy can help to boost mobility.

In addition to making changes in the home, it can also help to address the mobility issues of the person living in the home. If you or your loved one is having trouble using the stairs or walking without falling, that can severely impact the ability to live a full and productive life at home. However, if you or your loved one schedules time with a physical therapist, that professional can help with mobility issues.

Physical therapists are often available for home visits, and they work on more than just mobility issues. They can also help with issues ranging from incontinence to arthritis to strength.

Medicare/Medicaid may cover cost of healthcare at home.

Some people assume that they have to move into a nursing home in order to get medical care where they live, but home care is becoming more and more popular every day. In many cases, Medicaid covers the cost of home care with minimal copay for these services.

New devices make it easier to monitor health even when a home care worker isn’t there.

If you or your loved one opts to stay at home, there will be times when the home care worker is not there. During those times, many seniors opt to wear a medic alert device. This device can be worn around the neck, and if you or your loved one falls or gets injured, you simply need to push a button, and the relevant authorities will be dispatched to help.

However, there are other devices that can also help. For instance, a new device is currently being developed that can alert wearers about medical conditions ranging from heart attack symptoms to dry skin. The device just gets placed on your skin, and it sends you alerts as needed.

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