Given a choice, most of us would prefer to stay in our own home for as long as possible, health issues permitting. Living at home with the right care means we can hang on to our independence. The problem is that as we get older, health problems arise and without the right support, living at home becomes increasingly difficult. Often, the only solution is to send a loved one to live in a senior living facility. But, not all senior living facilities offer excellent care, which is why many aging seniors would rather live at home.
Do You Qualify for CDPAP?
If you live in New York State and you qualify for Medicaid Long-Term Care, you may be eligible for the CDPAP scheme. This innovative program allows people to nominate their own caregivers, so if you have a relative or close friend willing to take on the responsibility of looking after you in your own home, you can nominate them. The only people you can’t nominate are your spouse or your parent. Anyone else, from children to a trusted neighbor, is fine. And if you appoint these people through the CDPAP scheme, you can take responsibility for your healthcare and finances.
If you need help with the CDPAP scheme, organizations such as Freedom Care NY can help you and your nominated caregivers gain access to funding and training.
In the event you live in a state without a similar scheme in place, find out more about assistance grants in your local area. You may be able to claim money to help with assisted living and home modifications.
Modifying Your Home
Seniors often become increasingly frail and infirm as they age. Walking up and down stairs can be challenging, and it may become necessary to create a bedroom downstairs. It is worth making essential safety modifications before they become a priority. See if you can convert a downstairs room into a bedroom so that the person has access to a bathroom and the kitchen more easily. Also, look at senior adapted furniture, such as beds with safety rails or easy access chairs. Even a relatively simple addition, such as a ramp into and out of the house can make a world of difference. Such an addition will make it possible for a senior to navigate their way more easily, especially if they need a walking frame to get around.
Look for Suitable Caregivers
Assuming you don’t have the time to provide full-time care for your loved one, you will need to look for qualified caregivers who can provide assistance to your loved one. The level of care will vary according to your loved one’s needs, but they may need extra help with bathing and personal hygiene, preparing meals, and getting into and out of bed.
Always vet any candidates very carefully to make sure they have the right experience and qualifications.
Caring for a senior at home is always the best solution. They will be much happier, and you don’t have to feel guilty about sticking them in a sub-standard care home.