First, a personal story about a life-changing event and one with which perhaps you can identify in regard to advanced-years decision-making:
Mother Nature sometimes throws us life-changing curve balls we never expected in regard to how we live our daily lives. It happened recently to yours truly. This past July 2nd, I was as healthy as anyone can be. The next day, I was admitted to the VA Hospital having contracted a mostly life-ending illness called CDIFF. None of us has any idea how I contracted that ugly illness, but we have some suspicions it may have been due to an antibiotic I received for a minor skin injury a week earlier. Regardless, following four weeks in the hospital and three weeks in a rehab facility, a doctor knew one of the three ways to rid me of the disease and I'm now strongly recovering at home.
Indeed, life sometimes has unpleasant surprises.
As someone who's just been through it, I can tell you that navigating senior care options can be confusing and at times overwhelming, especially if, like me, you are not feeling your best when you have to make those decisions.
I was happy to be released from the rehab facility to go back home for the rest of my recovery. Many people do not have that option. For those of us who may be needing or thinking of changing where we live our latter years, I can tell you those surprises can be addressed with knowledge and caring by those with Ebenezer who specialize in helping solve any surprises life may throw at us.
Ebenezer understands the many challenges you face and they are happy to help you get through them, including the right time to make a plan for senior living. They can also discuss things that may happen in life that may let you know it's time to think about another living arrangement, or the need for additional help at home.
At any of our Ebenezer Communities, we have specialists who can help provide you with resources in our community as well as answer the following questions:
- When is the right time to plan for a move?
- What type of senior care is available to me?
- What should I be looking for in a new community?
- Are there funding options available to me?
- What to do if I am a Veteran or Spouse of Veteran?
- Can you help me understand Elderly Waiver and Government Assistance Programs?
- What State resources and senior care/housing resources can I count on?
But I want to live at home!
No worries. We want you to make decisions that best fit YOUR lifestyle. There are care options for those who want to remain at home.
With all the support that Ebenezer Communities can provide, it’s also important to know there are so many state and senior care/housing resources to which you have access. Here are a few:
Local Senior Living Communities (research first)
- County Aging Service Office
- Senior Commission/ACT on Alzheimer’s
- City Officials and Departments
- Senior Linkage Line – State run program that helps inform people about local resources and senior care options. Completely FREE and non-biased.
- Move Management Specialists - They will help create a plan with you prior to moving, pack up all belongings and move you to new location in the way that YOU want.
- Senior Real Estate Specialists – Aid in selling your home and specialize in working with older adults.
- Estate Sales – Help sort out the “stuff” that you do not want to bring with and sell it for you.
- Veterans Assistance – Aid in helping vets understand what benefits and programs they may be eligible to receive and walk through the process with them.
Thanks, as always, for reading.