How to Make Informed Choices

Aging is a time of adaptation and change, and planning for the future will make sure your needs, or the needs of a loved one, are fully met. Continuing to thrive as you age means learning how to maintain your independence for as long as possible. This may mean modifying your own home, or it could mean choosing from a broad array of housing options with more support options on site.

There is a broad array of housing options available to seniors, from staying in your own home to specialized facilities that provide round-the-clock nursing care. The names of the different types of housing options can sometimes be confusing, as the terminology can vary from region to region. The main difference will be in the amount of care provided for activities of daily living and for medical care. When researching housing options, make sure it covers your required level of care and that you understand exactly what the community offers and the costs involved.

To help you make informed choices, you will find questions specific for each area of housing and care at home when you visit the SEARCH tab on the Center for Positive Aging website.  So if you choose Assisted Living/Personal Care Home, for example, you will find questions you may want to consider when choosing an Assisted Living/Personal Care Home.

When planning ahead, consider the needs you might have in the future:

Visit to SEARCH for providers, find additional information and resources for caregivers, better understand governmental & other agency programs/services, and access several other educational tools and materials.