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Forming a Care Plan

Housing Considerations

Depending upon the health of the person receiving care, housing options may transition back and forth between settings. Arrangements may be short, or long-term.
The presence of caregivers - ranging from unpaid family members, friends or volunteers, to compensated aides or other health team members - often influences one’s location choice and duration of stay.
You and the older adult receiving care are encouraged to take the following considerations into account when forming a care plan for housing options.

Home-Based Setting

In the Older Adult’s Home

Individuals throughout the life-cycle, including older adults, often prefer to live in their own home as the environment best representing security, comfort and memorable life experiences. A roommate in the household could also allow the older adult to remain at home for a longer period, if mutually-agreed upon levels of care assistance (e.g. running errands for the older adult) is provided.
Family members can provide care exclusively or in combination with volunteer or paid caregivers (or care providers). In contrast to paid caregivers, family members are often referred to as “informal caregivers.”

Relocation to Another’s Home

When living at home is no longer realistic, the next preferred setting for an older adult may be joining another person’s household. This co-habitation arrangement could be with an adult child, other relative or friend.
When the desire to remain in one of the home settings is in apparent odds with a person’s ability to function well regarding health, safety and related needs, the addition of in-home caregiving support with paid caregivers may minimize such conflict.