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Old 02-24-2015, 03:59 PM
 
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Community care for frail elders starts in WNC

One of my worries has been what happens when one of us can no longer care fully for ourself. We have a three-story house and we each have not-so-hot to bad knees. There aren't retirement areas that we can afford here as there were readily in NY/NJ - our old home area. We're in our 60s and this little article alleviates some of those concerns.
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:18 PM
 
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Community care for frail elders starts in WNC

One of my worries has been what happens when one of us can no longer care fully for ourself. We have a three-story house and we each have not-so-hot to bad knees. There aren't retirement areas that we can afford here as there were readily in NY/NJ - our old home area. We're in our 60s and this little article alleviates some of those concerns.
More and more programs are popping up for boomers wanting to remain in their homes with in-home care. PACE is not just in WNC, it's in a number of states. Those wanting info, just google PACE + your state.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:48 PM
 
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Thank you for posting that Peaceout. My mother is in Hendersonville. She had a mild stroke this past fall, and had to give up driving. She did have in-home rehabilitative care, but trying to find transportation to her doctor's appointments has proven frustrating. My brothers and I make regular trips up to help, but I'm the closest, at a 4 hour drive.
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Old 02-25-2015, 06:07 AM
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This program (PACE) is also starting in Central NC. I will soon be working with PACE in Burlington for a few months. Stay tuned for a report.
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Old 02-25-2015, 07:15 AM
 
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NewEnglandGirl: Good! I'll do some exploring. Thanks.

Mattie: That's nuts. When we moved here, we saw it for what it was - a hospital and tourism town. Hendersonville was where those who were older. With that, I'd expect some sort of system in place to get the elderly to where there was care.

mzd: Yes, please let us know how PACE works out. It's really weird living in an area where the richer folks can afford to give up their homes and turn over all their money to retirement communities. But for those of us in the middle, we're pretty stuck. Thanks.

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Old 02-25-2015, 08:13 AM
 
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What happens if they become homeless?
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:35 AM
 
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Fifty-five and up?

Yikes.

I hate to think of myself as a "frail elder."

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Old 02-25-2015, 01:07 PM
 
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I passed this article on to my mother today, and she called the phone number listed in the article. They had no idea what she was talking about. So, I did some more checking, and found the government page for it. If I read it correctly, Medicaid recipients are accepted at no charge. My mother doesn't qualify for Medicaid. But Medicare patients may, after paying a premium. There was no mention of costs, so I'm not sure how much is involved. But it seems the best option is to call the Medicare office and inquire. That's my next step.
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