The talk began with a question: “Did you know there may be more people in nursing homes from failure to plan for independence than from illness?” The theme was, if you plan ahead, you and/or your loved ones can maintain dignity, quality of life, and independence as you age in your own home.
The panel addressed the following questions:
Regarding my health, what benefits am I “entitled” to through Medicare?
What would additional services be available to me if I needed assistance to “age in place” in my own home?
What cost is associated with this type of care?
What steps do I need to take to safely remain in my home and protect my quality of life if I become ill?
Have you identified someone you trust to respect your wishes and manage medical, legal, and financial needs if you become ill?