A significant percentage of senior citizens are going to require living assistance at some point in time. This is a stark reality and it is wise to understand and accept this fact and make preparations regarding what you would do in the event that you need help with your day-to-day needs.
The first thing that may come to your mind would be to enter a nursing home or assisted living community. This is of course a viable option, but there are some pitfalls involved. One of these would be the fact that this choice is extremely expensive. Another reason why you may not want to enter such a facility is because you simply enjoy the comfort and familiarity of your own home.
One of the things that assisted living communities provide is a structure that is friendly to those with physical limitations. They may have things like grab bars, handrails, and walk-in showers. You can have all these things installed into your own home, and you could take it a step further with motion activated faucets, automatic door openers, stair chairs, and other relevant modifications.
You could also have a home health aide assist you as needed. The cost of engaging such an aide who is employed by a licensed agency averages around $21 per hour. Since you are probably not going to need assistance around the clock this can be an affordable alternative to living full-time in a long-term care facility.
If you are interested in making preparations for all of the possible contingencies that you may face in the future, the intelligent first step is to sit down and discuss things with a licensed and experienced Somerset County elder law attorney.