How to Find Help Outside of a Nursing Home

You can no longer live on your own without the help of a caregiver, but you aren’t yet ready to surrender your independence to a nursing home.

Join the club. A 2010 study by the AARP found that nearly three-quarters of adults ages 45 and older say they’d prefer to age at home as long as possible.

Suzanne Modigliani, a geriatric care manager in Boston, notes that seniors who choose to live a more independent lifestyle, especially those who live alone, should exercise greater vigilance when choosing service providers.

“People can be more vulnerable at home because there’s less oversight, so it’s important to monitor the quality of service,” says Modigliani. “Also, when they are on their own, no one may notice that they missed a medical exam or forgot to wear their Lifeline medical alert system and fell down.”

That said, an entire industry of social and medical service providers is at the ready, offering alternatives to nursing homes that prior generations never knew. From prefabricated in-law suites to adult day care centers to doorstep delivery of healthy meals, it’s easier than ever to get cost-effective care in the comfort of your own home. Bankrate offers a snapshot of the options available.

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