Many Americans are “aging in place” which means they aren’t moving to assisted living or similar support communities as they age. It takes extensive adjustment to manage daily activities as our physical abilities change, especially in our homes.
Unfortunately, a substantial number of these seniors don’t get adequate assistance. The problem is that Medicare doesn’t pay for most of this non-medical assistance. As a result, many seniors go without needed assistance even when they are enrolled in other programs such as Medicaid. Nearly 60 percent with seriously compromised mobility reported staying inside their homes or apartments instead of getting out. Many others said they often remained in bed or didn’t change clothes because of their physical challenges.
As we age, most of us will require help at one point or another. This is another reminder to plan ahead so that we can make sure we and our loved ones get the help we need.