ERIC Number: ED312537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Your Home, Your Choice. A Workbook for Older People and Their Families.
American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.; Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC.
This workbook was written for older Americans considering various living arrangements as they get older. It is designed to encourage older adults to take an active role in making decisions about their housing arrangements. An introductory checklist helps readers assess what aspects of housing are most important to them. Other sections explore ways to help older adults stay in their own home, change their home to make it more suited to their needs, or use supportive housing. Questions listed at the end of each section help readers get all the facts before they make a decision. Readers are encouraged to plan ahead rather than make a housing decision in response to a crisis, thoroughly research any prospective change, refer to the Resources section of this workbook to find additional information about various housing alternatives, evaluate their finances, and discuss the options with their family. For older adults opting to stay in their own homes, a variety of in-home services are described, including home health care, homemaking services, nutrition programs, reassurance programs and friendly visiting programs, and home maintenance and repair services. Home adaptations are also discussed. Housesharing, accessory apartments, and ECHO (Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity) housing are explained as possible alternative housing arrangements. The section on supportive housing discusses board and care homes, congregate housing, continuing care retirement communities, and nursing homes. Additional resources are listed and addresses for Offices on Aging are given for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the Trust Territory of the Pacific, and the Virgin Islands. (NB)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Daily Living Skills, Housing, Housing Needs, Needs Assessment, Older Adults, Self Care Skills
American Association of Retired Persons, 1909 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20049 (Free).
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.; Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC.