Welcome to Our Blog: Aging in Place

Advantage Home Care is happy to provide a blog about aging in place and issues affecting the elderly — whether it be safety, dementia, deciding when more care is needed or when to take the car keys. Please take a look through our posts. We think they are helpful for caregivers and others. We welcome your comments and suggestions for new blog entries. Click on the title of any blog entry to read the entire article. We’d love to hear your stories about aging, whether you are the person who is being cared for or you are the caregiver. You can add comments to any blog entry. Thank you!
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Veterans Benefits for Home Care

Did you know that veterans or their surviving spouses may qualify for veterans benefits that will help pay for long-term care, including home care? It’s surprising how many veterans, or their family members, are unaware of these benefits. Disability compensation may be paid to a veteran who suffered a service related injury. It is not limited by a veteran’s income or assets, and benefits may also be extended to the surviving spouse and any dependents in the form of Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
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Questions to Ask when Choosing a Home Care Agency

Jean, who is 86-years-old, has Alzheimer’s disease. Little by little, her ability to take care of herself and her home has diminished. Her children promised her that she would be able to stay in her own home, but as her condition worsened, the challenges mounted. In order for her to be safe, Jean needed someone nearby at all times. 
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Meet Arleen DeNutte, Caregiver

During an 18-month period in the mid-90s, Arleen DeNutte and her husband lost all four of their parents. Together, with the help of other family members, they became loving caregivers for each parent during their final illnesses, one after the other. None of the experiences was easy. In fact, Arleen says they often felt overwhelmed, “but we were able to fulfill their wishes to stay home and I’ll always be grateful we could do it. I have memories I’ll never let go of.”
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Aging in Place: I want to stay in my own home

It’s a funny thing, at least for people who are parents, how as you get older, the tables can turn. The child you lovingly watched over may now be doing the same to you, which can be rather disconcerting at times. Especially if your children are telling you that they don’t think your home is safe anymore and you are determined to stay in it as long as possible — the term used these days is aging in place. Priscilla and Bill Ambrose, who are in their mid-seventies, are perfectly happy in the 200-year-old colonial they’ve lived in for the past 25 years. “We love it,” says Priscilla. “We’re in good shape physically, but our bedroom is upstairs and it’s a concern for our children and for us too, as to what the next step will be. But we feel that we’re too young to sign up for the retirement
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Downsizing Your Mother’s Home

When you’ve lived a long, full life, chances are you have the “stuff” to prove it. Packed away in the attic, strewn about the cellar and garage, scattered throughout your entire home. If you’re like most people, just the thought of having to deal with it is overwhelming, let alone actually tackling the project. When it’s your parent’s house that needs to be cleaned out, the task is somehow even more daunting.
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Finding Transportation For Your Elderly Parent

When Bruce’s dad couldn’t drive any more, it was a big problem for him and his family. Everyone either lived out of state or worked full-time and nobody could provide regular transportation. They turned to an agency similar to Advantage Home Care for help. The agency was able to provide a variety of services for Bruce’s father, including rides to the store and the barber, and sometimes just a pleasant drive to nowhere in particular, which he always enjoyed.  
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When is it no longer safe to drive?

Driving her car was Becky’s mother’s greatest pleasure. On weekends, she would have the newspaper spread out on the passenger seat, open to the page that listed all the local yard sales. Other days, she might grab her keys and go for a long ride in the country or pop in on a dear friend. Her car was her antidote for worry and stress. But it had become a major source of worry and stress for Becky and her siblings. The problem was that even though most of them would not ride in the car with her anymore, they hated to take away her freedom, and she was not about to give it up without a fight! The turning point came when Becky’s mother’s doctor told her she shouldn’t drive anymore because her reaction time was slower than it should be and she was also showing signs of confusion due
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When Is It No Longer Safe to Drive?

Imagine for a moment that a well-meaning family member decides it’s no longer safe for you to drive and takes away your keys. You have been driving all of your adult life with no major mishaps. The only issue, as far as you’re concerned, is that you’re not quite as young as you used to be. Chances are you would be quite upset and perhaps a little panic-stricken at the thought of losing your independence. That’s what happened when Becky told her 86-year-old mother she was concerned about her driving.
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