Long-Term Care

Frequently Asked Questions

21. If I plan to stay in my own home, what support services will I need as I get older?

In thinking about long-term care, it is important to consider where you will live as you age and how your place of residence can best support your needs if you can no longer fully care for yourself.

Most people prefer to stay in their own home for as long as possible. When planning to receive long-term care in your home, there are many things to consider including

  • the condition of your home
  • whether it can be modified, if necessary, to accommodate a wheelchair or other devices/equipment
  • the availability of long-term care services in your area, such as adult day care or nearby medical facilities
  • how “age-friendly” your community is. Does it offer public transportation, home delivered meals and other needed services?
  • tax and legal issues.

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Learn about services, products, and resources that can help older adults stay in their homes.