Residential Options

Life should be enjoyable – at any age or circumstance – and we’ll help you evaluate your personal resources and preferences to make that possible.

Most people entering their elder years face two options: aging at home or moving into a skilled nursing facility or assisted living community. Even if you or someone you care for has permanent or progressive disabilities, it’s possible for them to live at home, given the proper supports, information and referrals.

If you’re basically healthy now, it’s wise to anticipate the future. And, it’s especially important to plan ahead now – before a crisis or emergency arises – to document your preferences for medical intervention and treatment, and to define your wishes about end-of-life care and hospice.

Home Safety Assessment

Most homes need some modifications to make aging at home safe, secure and comfortable. With the proper adaptations, life at home can be more enjoyable and you or your family members will be able to live there more independently.

Our home safety evaluations cover such crucial areas as:

✓ Safe routes for home entry and exit
✓ Structural and organizational modifications for bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, recreation/hobby rooms, porches and outdoor areas, including:

• Storage of items for independent access
• Furniture arrangement to meet mobility needs and abilities
• Regular and emergency lighting switches and illumination
• Flooring and steps
• Door knobs
• Handrails for safe movement
• Roll under sinks and tables
• Roll in shower or tub
• Voice activated modalities
• Door alarms
• Closed circuit video systems with remote access monitoring
• Property fences, gates and electronic monitoring

✓ Adaptive Equipment

• Transportation options
• Modified utensils for eating and drinking
• Properly sized/fitted canes, walkers and wheelchairs
• Safe transfers (Hoyer lift or other transfer equipment) to facilitate regular activities of daily living
• Hospital beds, bedrails and electronic alarms
• Handheld shower with easy access
• Regular shower chair or extended chair
• Permanent or portable ramps in garages, home entry points or inside obstacles

Personal Services Assessment

Proper oversight of the work of outside agencies and contracted service providers ensures that services are delivered safely, appropriately and on a timely basis. Home health aid and/or housekeepers are often hired to assist in regular activities of daily living. These helpers can be hired privately, through an agency or as part of an insurance benefits package. The services provided by these people may range broadly, from light housekeeping and deliveries of food or prescriptions to medical personnel and occupational or physical therapists.

Areas where HV Aging at Home assists you include:

• Choosing qualified personnel
• Referral to appropriately licensed agencies
• Scheduling of services
• Monitoring arrival and departure times
• Reviewing delivery of services
• Monitoring changes in physical or mental condition
• Ensuring that the Review Care Plan is appropriately implemented
• Arranging transportation to medical appointments

When Medical Care is Needed

If you or your family member need to be admitted to a medical or assisted living facility – or when hospice care is required – HV Aging at Home will assist in the coordination of services, care planning and will help ensure that your wishes and a high quality of life remain the primary focus.