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Time and time again seniors will opt for living out the rest of their days in their home where memories abound. It does not matter who conducts the survey
or who does the research, the results are resoundingly the same. There are many ways to make living at home both safe and comfortable. But when safety becomes an issue, looking to alternative choices becomes a necessity. In our region we are fortunate to have a great number of choices to meet the needs.
Long-term care needs can be met in a wide variety of ways. Services can be pro- vided in your own home or in a residential setting, and in some cases you might be able to benefit from both options. Howev- er, determining which services and living arrangements best meet your needs, and what options are available and affordable, can be complicated and confusing.
Your resources will have an impact on your options. Considerations will be made for income, assets, military service, Medi- care related needs, Medicaid payable ser- vices, Area Agency on Aging programs, Waiver programs, pension programs in
your area, senior millage programs, long- term care insurance, estate planning, and more as well as level of care needed.
The time to start developing
a plan for long-term care is before you need or want it. This will allow for the person ultimately needing care, as well as family members, to make decisions together.
Making intentional choices rather than choosing from ones that are limited by a more urgent situation allows for the most practical adjustments and comfortable transition. This guide can help you get started but there is nothing like a visit to area facilities for a full picture of what op- tions are available. Visit several locations, narrow your interests, and visit again.
The added challenge of COVID-19 protocols have made visitations less spon- taneous and require scheduling for safety reasons. Facilities have worked hard to create a safe environment for residents and they will require your assistance as you prepare to enter their facility. The good
news is that several facilities offer a virtual visit at least for the first visit. But you will want to go back and actually enter the facility.
When the facilities can open up to
the public again it can be valuable to get engaged or volunteer at an area facility that interests you. Join clubs at area facilities and get to know staff. Ask to visit for a meal. Ask to participate in a program of- fered at the facility. Determine to ask friends where they have visited and what they liked about area facilities. As you travel to various health fairs and senior fairs stop and chat with the staff and ask them questions.
Given your level of interest you might even try a stay-cation, or a weekend visit. That way you’ll be able to gauge how staff interacts at all times of the day and night. If family does provide a higher level of your care you might even give a gift to family members and try a longer stay so they can get away on a vacation of their own. The more time you spend at a facil- ity the more you will be able to determine if it’s a good fit for you.
When issues arise and long-term care

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