Where do I start?
Think about the kinds of help you might want in the near future. Maybe you live alone, so there is no one to help you. Maybe you don't need help right now, but you live with a husband or wife who does. Whatever your situation, start by looking at illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, emphysema or others that you might have. Then talk to your doctor about how these health problems could make it hard for you to get around or take care of yourself in the future. A little help getting dressed in the morning, fixing a meal, or remembering to take medicine may be all you need to stay at home.
What kinds of help can I get?
You can get almost any type of help you want in your home—often for a cost. The following list includes some common things people need. You can get more information on many of these services by contacting one of our JFK At Home Advisors.
- Personal care. Is bathing, washing your hair, or dressing getting harder to do?
- Homemaking. Do you need help with chores like housecleaning or laundry?
- Meals. Tired of cooking every day or eating alone?
- Money management. Are you paying bills late or not at all because it's tiring or hard to keep track of them? Are doctors' bills and health insurance claim forms too confusing?
- Health care. Do you forget to take your medicine? There are devices available to remind you when it is time to take your medication. Have you just gotten out of the hospital and still need nursing care or therapy at home for a short time? Medicare might pay for a home health aide to come to your home.
- Products to make life easier. Is it getting harder to turn a door knob, get out of a chair, or put on your socks? There are things available to make these activities and many of the other things you do during the day easier.
- Getting around—at home and in town. Are you having trouble walking? Think about getting an electric chair or scooter. These are sometimes covered by Medicare.
- Safety. Do you live alone and are afraid of becoming sick with no one around to help? You might want to get an emergency alert system. You just push a special button that you wear, and emergency medical personnel are called. A monthly fee is charged.