Seniors living independently
Retirement could be a pleasant and wholly satisfying experience, if you look at it from a very positive perspective. There is nothing to despair because you could live independently in your own home during your twilight years. After years of living a productive life, you could still live safely with dignity, respect and good health. To ensure these objectives are met, you would need to seek assistance towards achieving them. Assistance would come from the many resources that are available to you which could be derived from various independent sources hence avoiding the need for you to seek solace at retirement communities or seek out senior housing. These resources could include, personalized care, assisted independent living from professional care-givers, and many other specific forms of assistance that you may need, whilst you continue to live in your own home.
These resources are made available by funded programs and approved professional associations which are experienced and knowledgeable to extend assistance and care to seniors in every aspect of their lives. Seniors could seek assistance in a variety of issues they would need to contend with, which could be either daily or in the short, medium and long terms. These could include assistance in finalizing tax returns, arranging transport when required, seeking out appropriate health and medical insurance, and also identifying the best care-giver service. As seniors you could go further and seek out assistance in ensuring your home fits your present living needs, or obtaining professional advice on what government benefits you would be entitled to. Living independently in your own home and not directly being assisted by the government would entitle seniors for many benefits, but these would be better identified by speaking to a professional.
To assist you in this quest and to ensure that you avail all the services that as a senior who has contributed immensely to the wellbeing of society, are entitled to, we place before you ten (10) sources and the resources that would ensure your independent living in your own home, as comfortable as possible.
#1. National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Healthy aging coupled with financial security is what this respected association, reputed to be a national leader provides seniors above the age of sixty (60) years. They work closely with non-profit entities, government agencies, business leaders and other stakeholders to provide community programs and services to those seniors who would need assistance.
Seniors could find many interesting and enlightening programs which would perfectly fit their requirements in maintaining a healthier and fulfilling lifestyle whilst maintaining financial stability.
Primarily the AARP is focused in improving the quality of the lives of those fifty (50) years and older aided by its numerous websites hosting an abundance of useful information. These websites provide information with tips on healthy living, discounts and special offers specifically directed at low income seniors, and other topics which would generate interest among them. AARP is a non-profit and non-partisan organization consisting of legal luminaries, volunteers and other interested stakeholders all joining in to ensure that seniors who have any issues are helped through their twilight years.
The AARP have a dedicated team of professionals who would ensure that the low income seniors are accorded affordable housing, adequate nutrition, sustainable income, and assist to ensure they are socially accepted within their community.
See “ AARP Website”
#3. Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
PACE would assist all seniors above 55 years who live in their own homes through medical and personal care, rehabilitation, transportation, social integration and even organize the required medications for them.
The respective state where the senior is domiciled would need to approve that home care nursing assistance is required for it to be enjoyed by the senior. There are more than 230 PACE assistance centers spread out in 31 states of the country.
#4. The Eldercare Locator
This is an initiative by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) under the auspices of the United States Administration of Aging (AoA) where a free service is offered to help seniors in legal, financial, transportation and care giving services. It would also offer assistance in home repairs and modification which would ease heavy burdens on them.
#5. Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Providing service to seniors above sixty (60) across the United States the AAA has 620 affiliated organizations under its umbrella. A variety of services are offered which are specific to each geographical area.
#6. National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Under the purview of the National Institute of Health, the NIA conducts extensive research on aging and related health issues that are brought to the public domain to help improve the existing standards.
#7. Meals on Wheels
A national program specifically directed to ensure seniors are provided nutritious and healthy meals. This consists of more than 5,000 independent programs encompassing most communities.
#8. Health Finder
This program is under the auspices of the United States Department of Health and Human Services where it provides links to valuable website which seniors could obtain assistance related to health issues.
#9. Guide to Long-Term Care for Veterans
A program specifically directed at senior veterans who have enrolled into the VHA Health Care System and remain in their own homes. It would provide assistance to seek resources and information.
#10. The National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Resources
You could get advice and assistance from professionals to modify or renovate your home to meet your present requirements.