Senior Citizen's Guide to Pittsburgh

house. Depending on the community, a person can rent a senior housing apartment either at the market rate or, if his or her income level applies, a lower rate. Many feature specially designed bathroom railings or power outlets higher up on the wall. Senior apartment communities may also offer a 24-hour emergency call service, transportation programs, meals service and social activities. Assisted Living Moving into an assisted living residence is a good option for individuals who need help with everyday activities, like taking medicine or getting dressed, but want to stay as active and independent as possible. Many assisted living residences are affiliated with retirement communities and nursing homes. This can make the transition into assisted living easier as a person’s needs change. Make Planning a Priority Planning shouldn’t start in the middle of a crisis. It starts by figuring out your preferences, understanding what needs might arise and learning what the costs might be to pay for the services you or your loved one will need and want. Consider asking yourself or your loved one the following questions: • Who is the one person I will depend on for support as I age? • If I need to move out of my home, where would I most like to move? • What’s the one thing I would like my loved ones to know about my preferences as I age? You can use the answers to put a plan into place by meeting with your lawyer, taking a trip to the bank, or buying a long-term care insurance policy. Editorial provided by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, www.aahsa.org . 8 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Pittsburgh

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