Aging-in-place has become a common trend in recent years because most seniors prefer to stay at home and others find they cannot afford increasingly expensive assisted living or nursing home care. However, as discussed in a Wall Street Journal article titled “Communities Struggle to Care for Elderly, Alone at Home”, aging-in-place leads to many challenges that communities have been unable to adequately address.
While seniors staying at home as long as possible is ideal, it is especially difficult when family members have moved away and the local community has limited supportive services. As a result, seniors are having to rely on neighbors or friends who may also be elderly for assistance. Local agencies such as geriatric centers and agencies on aging are also struggling to meet the increased demand for their services.
This is a trend that is only expected to get worse as more and more baby boomers require assistance. It is therefore increasingly important to plan ahead. Meeting with a qualified elder law attorney to develop a viable plan to make sure that you can afford all the care you need should be a top priority for any senior.