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Helping With Housing

We all know the expression "Home is where the heart is.” As you transition into a caregiver for elderly parents who either no longer desire or are unable to live alone, you want your loved one to be in a safe environment where they can be content.

The good news is that these days there are more and more options to choose from, even though making the right choice for your loved one can be challenging. To assist, we’ve taken a quick look at four of the more common options.


These are places catering to adults age 55 and older and are often a mix of housing types—single-family homes, townhouses, apartments, or mobile homes. There is a focus on an active lifestyle, and they are most appropriate for older adults who are still reasonably healthy, independent, and interested in the social benefits of living among their peers.


In an independent living community, older adults can rent or buy their housing units. Meals are often provided, and housekeeping, laundry, and transportation may be available as well. Most residents can take care of themselves reasonably well anddo not need help bathing, getting dressed, or taking medicine.


Assisted living is similar to independent living, but they also offer personal care services to those in need including bathing, dressing, and taking medicine. Some of these facilities also have special units for those with early- to middle-stage dementia.


This option is for those needing 24-hour medical and personal care. Some older adults stay temporarily, recovering from a fall or surgery, while others must stay long term. Medicare or Medicaid often helps cover costs. The nursing home decision is one of the most difficult to make, and to find a certified facility in your area you can go to the Medicare website.

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