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LeadingAge PA Cares About You

We all want to continue living long, productive lives.

And, happily, with more senior services than ever, we can achieve that goal. However, with so many options, choosing the right path in senior living can be complicated.

As the state's largest association of nonprofit providers of senior residential and health-related services, LeadingAge PA offers a number of resources to help you navigate this complex decision-making process. While you explore the material, please feel free to refer to this senior living glossary for definitions of terms that may be unfamiliar to you.

Explore Long-term Housing and Service Options

How can you decide what's right for you? Narrowing down your choices involves deciding which option will maximize independence and quality of life for you or your loved ones. It may be staying in your current residence and enlisting the help of outside services, family and friends. It may be eliminating the burden of  home upkeep by choosing maintenance-free senior living - whether that's affordable senior housing, a retirement community or a Life Plan Community / Continuing Care Retirement Community that offers future care, if needed. It may also be choosing the reassurance of a personal care, assisted living or skilled nursing community

Among LeadingAge PA member organizations, you'll find all of the options necessary to support whichever direction you choose. Learn about the advantages of choosing a nonprofit organization here.

Before you start making phone calls or visiting communities, arm yourself with this list of questions. You may also find these handy checklists of questions to ask about home and community-based services, senior housing options, and personal care/assisted living and skilled care helpful in making an informed decision.

Paying for Services

Whichever path you choose in your search for the right living situation, financial considerations can be a major factor in your decision. Planning gives you the most options for working out your budget for services. You can also get assistance from long-term insurance or state or national programs. Click here for useful information about your options.

Helpful Tools & Resources

Finally, whether making decisions for yourself or supporting someone you love in his or her decisions, be sure to take advantage of all available resources. The more information you have, the better equipped you'll be to make the choices that are right for you (or them). Click here to find helpful tools and resources to make the path to choosing senior living a little easier for you and your family.

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