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Description of Services

Living independently means different things to different people. It may mean your loved one continues to live in the home he or she has been in for many years. It could also mean a move to a smaller house or condominium, or a transition to a senior apartment building or to the independent living section of a retirement community.

Hiring Help

Your older relative may be able to do all the things he or she has always done independently, or may choose to hire someone to do the things he or she no longer wants (or is able) to do, such as yard work, house cleaning or paying bills.

If your loved one's health begins to decline, it may be necessary to hire people to come into the home to assist with personal care, such as bathing and dressing. You may also want to consider services such as home-delivered meals or specialized transportation.

Valuable Services

To help the older person remain in an independent setting, it is important to understand what services are available and where to find them. The following topics will be discussed in this section: