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Senior Times - July 2020
 BENEFITS OF AGING IN PLACE
By: Glin Winsor, DayOne Family Healthcare P.C.
  If you’ve taken the time to consider where you will live as you get older and you’ve decided to stay at home, you are not alone. According to one study, almost 90 percent
month. That’s over $82,000 a year, more than the average household income in 2014 of just over $73,000 a year, according to the US Census Bureau.
seniors need far less than four hours a day, however, so costs could be significantly lower.
In addition, many seniors have friends or family nearby that can assist when needed and communities have support services for seniors that make staying at home possible without paying for extra care. Meals on Wheels, either the official organization or local similar organizations, provide meals to seniors in their homes. Many areas also have senior transportation available for no cost or very low cost for shopping and doctor visits. Your local Agency on Aging is also a valu- able resource. See the chart on page 7.
– There’s no place like home. Your favorite chair, your mattress instead of a hospital bed, the space you are accustomed to, the temperature, the smells, just the familiarity of the space, all go towards the comfort of staying in your own home.
of seniors over age 65 want to live at home rather than moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility. Aging at home is always the preferable option but in some instances, it’s just not possible for medical or safety reasons.
In other words, nursing home care for one person can quite literally cost more than the combined income of a married working cou- ple in the prime of their lives. Average costs for assisted living are roughly half of a nurs- ing home’s cost, at $3,628 a month. That’s still over $43,000 a year.
 AVG. COST OF IN-HOME CARE
 Care Type
  Average Cost
   Home Health Aide
  $20.50/hour
 Homemaker Services
   $80/day, $2,400/month, $28,000/year
  Today, aging in place is more doable than it has been, and more adults are consider- ing it a real possibility. But what if you are not sure if you want to stay at home? A list of five benefits of aging in place will give you both reasons to age in place as well as detailed information on what these reasons mean and how they affect you in the real world.
Comparatively, by staying at home, seniors can take advantage of Medicare coverage to help pay for in-home help on a part-time basis. Medicare covers part-time, in-home skilled nursing care and home health aide care, provided it is ordered by a doctor and you are homebound according to Medicare definitions. Even without Medicare help, in-home care is usually cheaper than assisted living or nursing homes with health aide services averaging $20.50 an hour and homemaker services (non-medical help) run- ning $20 an hour.
 AVG. COST OF FACILITY CARE
 Facility
 Room
  Average Annual Cost
  Nursing Home
   Semi-Private
  $6,844/month, $82,000/year
 Assisted Living
  Private Room
   $3,628/month, $43,000/year
  Top 5 Reasons to Age in Place
1. Aging in Place Costs Less – Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are expensive. Add in that many seniors have almost paid off their home mortgages with over 20 percent between 65 and 74 having already paid them off completely, and stay- ing at home becomes even more attractive.
2. Aging in Place is More Comfortable
Also, Medicare doesn’t cover long-term placement in facilities like this, although the Medicare PACE program, available in limit- ed areas, can help cover some in-home alter- natives. Medicaid only picks up costs after almost everything an individual owns is sold to cover costs.
While Medicare does not pay for home- maker services, four hours a day of service, which could include things like cleaning, meal prep, transportation to errands or activ- ities, and other general help, would only be $80 a day or around $2,400 a month. Many
Also, in a nursing home, there is a
real chance seniors will have to deal with
a roommate not of their choosing in a semi-private situation. Aging in place offers the comfort of privacy that just isn’t avail- able in many live-in facilities.
The average cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home in 2016 was $6,844 a
Necessity, and in many cases state and federal laws, requires certain things be done
   SENIOR DINING CENTERS
 CITY
Hastings Woodland
Albion Battle Creek Battle Creek Battle Creek Marshall Tekonsha
Jackson Jackson Napoleon Spring Arbor
LOCATION
COA Building Eagles Club
FACILITATOR
Theresa Lancaster Leona Rairigh
PHONE
(269) 948-4856
(269) 367-4041
DAYS TIME
M-F 10am-2pm
M,W,F 10:30am-1pm
 BARRY COUNTY
      Delton
Faith United Methodist
Angela Soya
(269) 579-3918
M,W,T
11am-1pm
 Nashville
Main St. Banqets
Jenny Burlison
(517) 213-9212
M-F
10:30am-1pm
 Meals provided by Barry County Commission on Aging. A program sponsored by Barry County United Way.
 BRANCH COUNTY
       Coldwater
 Coldwater Church of Christ
 Alisha Carr
 (517) 279-8249
 M,T,Th,F
 9am-1pm
 Lunch Served at 12pm
 Meals provided by Community Action Food and Nutritional Services. Funding sources AAA 3C, Branch County United Way, USDA, and private donations.
 CALHOUN COUNTY
       Albion
Albion Forks Senior Dining Center
Cynthia Rose
(866) 200-8877
M,T,W,Th,F
11am-1pm
Lunch served at 12pm
 Clarence Township Dining Center Bedford Manor Dining Center Lakeview 900 Territorial Dining Center Westbrook Place Dining Center Heritage Commons
Tekonsha Community Hall
Mark Rice Billy Castle Karl Hoard Michelle Dove Kitty Knoll
Senior Health Partners
(866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (269) 558-6150
(269) 441-0948
M,T,W M,T,W,Th,F M,W,F M,T,W,Th,F T, Th
T
10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 12-1pm
10am
Lunch served at 11:45am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 12pm
Senior Fit & Fun, Lunch after
Athens
Athens Lighthouse Community Center
Senior Health Partners
(269) 441-0948
Th
10am
Senior Fit & Fun, Lunch after
Battle Creek
Cherryhill Manor Senior Center
Constance Siegel
(866) 200-8877
M,T,W,Th,F
10:30am-1pm
Lunch served at 11:30am
Battle Creek
Springview Towers Dining Center
Eileen Worthington
(866) 200-8877
M,T,W,Th,F
10:30am-1pm
Lunch served at 11:30am
Homer
Homer Presbyterian Church
Senior Health Partners
(269) 441-0948
T
10:30am
Senior Fit & Fun, Lunch after
Marshall
Marshall House Dining Center
Deb Trescott
(866) 200-8877
M,W,F
10:30am-1pm
Lunch served at 12pm
 All sites have hot and cold meals. Meals provided by Senior Services SW MI. Funding by Calhoun County Senior Services, CareWell Services - AAA 3B, USDA, and private donations.
 JACKSON COUNTY
 Grass Lake
 Grass Lake Food With Friends
 Annie Lavergne
 (517) 788-4364
 T, Th
 10am-3:30pm
 Lunch served at 12pm
 Crouch Senior Center
King Rec Center, Food with Friends Napoleon Township Hall
Spring Arbor Senior Center
Laurie Mead Laurie Mead Gail Jamieson
Shimone Glaspie
(517) 788-4364 (517) 788-4364 (517) 788-4364
(517) 750-1010
M,T,W,Th,F M,T,W,Th,F T, Th M,T,W,Th,F
8am-4pm 10:30am-1:30pm 10:30am-1:30pm
9:45am-1:45pm
Lunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pm
Lunch served at 12pm
Jackson
Park Forest
Laurie Mead
(517) 788-4364
M,T,W,Th,F
10:30am-1:30pm
Lunch served at 12pm
Michigan Center
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
Laurie Mead
(517) 788-4364
M,W,F
10am-2pm
Lunch served at 12pm
Norvell
Norvell/Township Hall
Gail Jamieson
(517) 788-4364
M,W,F
10:30am-1:30pm
Lunch served at 12pm
 To have your senior dining center added or changes to your listing, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1479 ext. 302 or Email: ssherban@scenepub.com.
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