Home Care Choice Website Guides Seniors to In-Home Care

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In response to the growing trend of seniors choosing to stay in their homes, http://www.HomeCareChoice.com has launched as a resource for the growing demand of seniors and their families.

Having just a few hours a week of home care allows [seniors] to retire at home.

In an effort to assist the growing number of seniors who wish to remain independent and live in their homes throughout their retirement, http://www.HomeCareChoice.com has launched to serve as a resource for home health care, companion care and hospice care services, as well as answers to questions about aging. Seniors can also find solutions to assist in home modifications, also known as universal design. Services that build wheelchair ramps, widen doorways, and install grab bars and walk-in tubs can be found on HomeCareChoice.com.

According to the US Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey, 66% of the population aged 60 and older are currently living in their own homes as opposed to nursing care or retirement housing communities. As the cost of housing for seniors remains out of many seniors long term care plans, more seniors are choosing to stay in their homes longer as they age in place.

Not only is Aging in Place a popular term for professionals who work and care for senior citizens, it has also become a lifestyle that is popular for many reasons.

“Seniors love their homes and its familiar surroundings, and want to remain at home. Having just a few hours a week of home care allows them to retire at home,” says Janet Faraone, President of Senior Solutions of Richmond, a Home Care service provider in Richmond, Virginia.

The cost of senior housing care, according to figures on SeniorsGuideOnline.com, can range anywhere from $1,000 a month to $4,000 for Assisted Living, $5,000+ for skilled nursing home care, and $1,000 - $3,500 per month for Independent Living. Although the monthly cost of care varies state-by-state, living at home might make the most sense for retired Americans on a budget.

“There are many simple modifications that can be made to a home and many of them are temporary. We have clients adding grab bars to their showers, turning tubs into showers, adding stair lifts and elevators, and even temporary ramps,” says Faraone.

Inside HomeCareChoice.com there is also a resource library available to answer questions and help seniors and their families research aging in place. Articles like, “Starting The Conversation About Home Care”, “Home Remodeling Tips For Seniors to Age Safely in Their Homes” along with “Ten Big Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Home Health Caregiver” can all be found in the Helpful Information Library under, “Aging at Home”.

Along with a helpful questionnaire that helps the site’s users determine the level of care they may need in their home, HomeCareChoice.com. The site was designed with the caregiver, the senior and their family in mind.

“Choosing the right and most affordable care options for a loved one who is aging at home can be an overwhelming task,” says Katharine Ross, Director of Publishing for Ross Publishing – the company behind http://www.HomeCareChoice.com.

“There are more services and home health care choices available today then there were, 10 years ago. What is important is both the education that research can give to make smart decisions and knowledge of what to look for when choosing to age at home.”

Last surveyed, in the United States, there are approximately 12 million individuals who currently receive care from more than 33,000 provides – according to research from The National Association for Home Care & Hospice.

In the same report, in 2009 annual expenditures for home health care were projected to be $72.2 billion. That spending level is expected to increase significantly, as the number of seniors choosing to remain at home longer and age in place rises.

Seniors Guide, a Richmond, Va. -based company publishes Seniors Guide magazines throughout Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; and Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia and features a correlating website of http://www.SeniorsGuideOnline.com. Seniors Guide’s mission is to help seniors and their families find the information they need on options available in senior housing, senior care, assisted living, independent senior living, retirement communities and other retirement living needs. Seniors Guide also has resources at http://www.seniorproductsservices.com for Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Richmond, VA. Ross Publishing, Seniors Guide’s parent company, began in 1991 and has been publishing helpful, free publications and websites ever since.

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