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Living Choices for Seniors: A Guide To Help You Make the Right Choice

Mary Ellen Vanaken

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Apr 1 4 minutes read


As you age, your current living situation may no longer meet your needs. You may need an accessible home or at least one that's smaller. On the other hand, you may have reached a point in your life where you need assistance, and living alone isn't an option anymore. You have a few options and considerations. 

Consider an Accessible Home 

If you're struggling to get around in your home, it may be time to think about a more accessible one. An accessible home may be a one-story house, so you don't have to walk steps or install a chairlift. The home may already have grab rails and a seated shower or walk-in tub. 

When browsing homes, think about their potential. For instance, if the home has steps to access the home, you can have a ramp installed. You can add a raised toilet seat if the toilet is too low. You also have the option to install rails on the walls of long hallways to prevent falls. For rooms that are poorly lit, add an overhead light

Assistance With Modifications 

When searching for a home in Alpharetta, you may find a home that requires modifications to meet your needs. A few options are available to pay for these changes, in addition to using your savings.

You can take out a larger mortgage to pay for the expenses. On the other hand, the federal government offers grants to help homeowners with disabilities cover the costs of making accessibility modifications. Also, look into options for Georgia residents, such as Wheel Care Georgia, Tools for Life, and the Home Access Program. 

Downsize Your Current Home 

Perhaps your current home is too much to contend with in terms of cleaning, home maintenance, and lawn care. It may have been practical as you were raising a family, but you no longer need all that space. In this case, it may be time to downsize your home.

Look for a home that's smaller with little to no yard to maintain. You can even opt for an apartment or a senior living community, where you still have your own place but much less responsibility. 

Think About an Assisted Living Facility

Ask yourself the following questions:

• Are you having difficulty handling daily living tasks?

• Are you letting your hygiene slip?

• Have you had several recent falls? 

• Do you frequently feel lonely? 

If you answered 'yes' to two or more of these, you may want to look into an assisted living facility for access to round-the-clock care and someone to help you with daily living activities and medical attention. 

Consider Skilled Nursing Care 

If you have serious health issues, think about a skilled nursing home. You receive 24/7 care from aides and nurses as well as medical care and daily living assistance. 

Prior to making a decision, search online for reviews of facilities in Atlanta. Look into the services provided, amenities, rooms, costs, and payment options as you're comparing.  

Choose Wisely and Find a Home That Meets Your Needs

When you know your options and carefully choose, you can find a home that meets your needs.

If you're looking to sell your home, downsize, or find an accessible home, contact Mary Ellen Vanaken today.
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