When to consider assisted living

Most people over 50 want to stay home as they age

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s help available for the growing number of people in need of assisted living here in western Massachusetts. The AARP held a workshop in Holyoke Thursday night to identify living options for aging adults.

A new AARP survey shows 90% of people over the age of 50 want to stay in their own homes and communities as they age.  It’s something O’Connell Care at Home in Holyoke helps families accomplish.

“I definitely think there is a place for everything, assisted living, skilled nursing, but I think people really like to stay at home because they’re more comfortable. Their things are there, their memories are there,” said Danielle Lord of O’Connell Care at Home in Holyoke.

In many cases, the need for home care develops gradually, so it can be difficult to know if and when someone is in need of assistance. Among the key signs: memory loss, declining ability to wash and get dressed, or noticing a lot of unopened mail or unpaid bills.

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