The Housing Counseling Coordinator, along with trained volunteers, help older adults consider their housing and health care choices when they are thinking about staying in their own home or moving into new living arrangement. We can work with you and your family to evaluate housing and health care alternatives that take into consideration such factors as your personal values, your need for care, safety, privacy, social connections and transportation, as well as affordability.
We offer resources and options for staying in your home as well as living and care options that are available in senior housing communities. Counseling and information is offered on:
Assessing your needs
- How Do You Know When More Help is Needed: use to assess if there are concerns related to health, safety and emotional well-being.
- Evaluating Needs: use as an informal tool to help assess functional abilities and personal care needs. This tool offers some guidance in identifying appropriate living and care arrangements. Use this when talking with home health care providers or providers of senior care residence to give a consistent picture of your needs.
- Thinking About the Future: use to consider your concerns, preferences and wants in a new living environment.
- Health Care Budget: use to capture expenses, debts, determine priorities and help plan for the future. Some personal expenses will follow your family member if they move to senior housing such as prescription drug costs, health care insurance and dental and vision care. It’s important to identify these and consider them as a part of overall planning (senior residence costs + personal expenses = total). This is for your personal use.
- maximizing home options for your living
- home modification, home repair and weatherization
- downsizing resources
- Emergency response systems
- fall risk prevention and home safety
- understading the difference: in-home care and skilled home health care services
- respite care for day time needs and overnight stay
- senior independent living communities
- low-cost senior housing
- retirement residences
- assisted living care
- adult foster care
- homes for the aged
- memory care communities
- resources for checking the quality of care and reporting abuse
- nursing homes
- all age communities
- active living lifestyes for 55+
- cooperative housing
- manufactured homes
- public housing and Section 8 Voucher Program (PDF)
- tips for long distance caregiving (PDF)
For more information call 734-998-9346.