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Agencies on Aging
P.O. Box 12786 (78711)
1949 IH 35 South
Austin, TX 78741
4650 Collier Street
Beaumont, TX 77706
The Colonial styling of Atria Collier Park Retirement Community
combines elegance with the comforts of home. On-site activities
and amenities are complimented by our on-site wellness program,
designed to help maintain each resident's independence and quality
Assisted Living Communities
retirement planning should be based on understanding the options associated
with Assisted living. As part of a retirement plan these options combine
housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living
is a retirement service for individuals who require assistance with
everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance,
bathing, dressing and transportation. Some residents may have memory
disorders including Alzheimer's, or they may need help with mobility,
incontinence or other challenges of senior life. Residents are assessed
to determine the level of service they may need. These retirement
services generally include: 24/7 supervision, 3 meals a day, housekeeping,
transportation, minor medical attention, personal care assistance,
security and emergency call, exercise programs, social and educational
activities. In addition some Assisted living communities may provide:
gardens, libraries, and chapels.
Assisted living communities are operated by both profit and non-profit
organizations. Pricing can range from $1000 to over $4,000 per month
based on your location. There may be extra fees for special services.
Learn more about Assisted Living Communities here.
Assisted Living Regulations
Assisted Living Regulatory Information
Department of Human Services
Personal Care Facilities. A Personal Care Facility may
provide assistance with activities of daily living. Two types
of PCSs are closest to the universal definition of assisted living.
A type A PCF resident must be mentally capable of evacuating the
facility unassisted in the event of an emergency and may not require
routine attendance during sleeping hours and must be capable of
following directions. Facilities may provide assistance with activities
of daily living, assist with the administration and management
of medication, but may not provide nursing care.
Adult Day Care
Day Care programs provide an assortment of health, therapeutic, and
social services to those at risk of being placed in a nursing environment.
Adult Day Care services support elderly individuals who lack full
independence but who do not need 24-hour nursing care. Services may
include therapeutic and social activities designed to meet and enhance
the participant's level of functioning through individual plans of
care. Such Adult Day Care services generally provide support, respite
and education for caregivers.
A typical Adult Day Care center operates 10 - 12 hours per day and
provides meals, social/recreational outings, and general supervision.
Some Adult Day Care centers maintain a nurse on-site and may also
provide transportation and personal care.
With the added support through participation in Adult Day Care, admission
to rest homes or nursing homes may be delayed. Hence, participants
may be able to remain at home with family members for a longer period
of time. In addition the social stimulation and recreational activities
often mitigate the decline of cognitive/physical functions.
Adult Day Care support also aids caregivers by providing respite services
thus enabling caregivers to work or to have a break from their caregiving
Costs for services are usually less than a home health visit and significantly
less than a skilled nursing facility. Daily fees for adult day services
vary depending upon the services provided.
Learn more about Adult Day Care here.
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Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
|Need help with the Medicare Maze?
Every state has a Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program
to help understand Medicare coverage, payments and Medigap Insurance
Note: Toll free numbers often work only from within the state.
From out of state? Use the other number, when provided. 1.800.252.9240
For more counseling information visit www.medicare.gov
Insurance, Long Term Care
Because of old age, mental or physical illness,
or injury, some people find themselves in need of help with eating,
bathing, dressing, and other physical activities. Long-term care
insurance can help pay for such care in the future. To help protect
your financial independence, as you grow older, many Long Term
Care Insurance providers have plans that offer comprehensive benefits
as well as a proven track record of claims payments and financial
stability. You should review all your options carefully.
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Investments: Annuities, 401K Rollovers
Moving Help and Supplies
Make sure you
have the information you need to protect
your memories, money, and belongings from moving problems.
The best defense against moving difficulties is to be informed and aware of your options when
choosing a reputable mover. While most household moves go smoothly, there are
many pitfalls that you should be aware of. It can also be stressful, even under
the best of circumstances. Use the checklist here to help guide you through the moving venture.
A key step is to read and understand all information provided by the mover. These should include the following basic documents
as part of your move:
The estimate should clearly describe, in writing, all charges for
services the mover will perform. Make sure the estimate is signed by the mover.
Do not accept oral estimates.
Order for Service
The order for service is a list of all the services the mover will perform and
shows the dates your household goods will be picked up and delivered.
Bill of Lading
The bill of lading is a contract between you and the mover and a receipt of
your belongings. You should be given a partially completed copy of the bill of
lading before the mover leaves the residence at origin.
The inventory is the receipt showing each item you shipped and its condition.
Be sure you receive a written copy of the inventory after your household goods
are loaded, and that you agree with its description of your household goods'
Get state regulator help:
|DOT Motor Carrier Division, Compliance and Enforcement Branch||512-302-2304
Real Estate Agents: Buy or Sell
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Aging In Place
||"Aging in place"
is growing older without having to move. Aging in place with
supportive services is one of the most desirable ways of aging.
Aging in place can achieve efficiencies enabled by the customized
care. Successful aging in place approaches focus on the provision
of the most appropriate care for the specific individual.
Thus avoiding wasted costs brought on by a "generic"
An aging in place scenario, creates
housing and health care options to provide support as defined by
an individualís wishes and efforts to live independently.
Aging in place can work best when it is employed as a part of a
comprehensive plan for retirement and aging. A key step in implementing
aging in place is to make your home aging friendly. As we age we
don't hear so well, we sometimes forget or get confused and we can
even outlive doctor's predictions about our longevity. So as long
as we persist in growing older, why not arrange our homes to accommodate
our reality. Incorporate memory triggers into the way we arrange
cabinets and counters, add soft fabrics to muffle background noises,
change appliances to better accommodate our short-comings.
Here is a book to help you make your
Universal Design: A Step-by-Step
Guide to Modifying Your Home for Comfortable, Accessible
||The book, Universal Design:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Modifying Your Home for Comfortable,
Accessible Living by Barbara Krueger and Nika Stewart
is a good place to start.With the book as a guide you can
plan ahead for years before you critically need the advantages
offered by the ideas in the book.
Also visit: the Universal Design Living
Laboratory:A National Demonstration Home at http://www.UDLL.com by Rosemarie Rossetti, PhD
If you want to learn more visit our
Aging in place section .
Once you have an idea of the changes
needed in the home, it is time to discuss the changes with a contractor/builder
in your area. Below is a list of of such providers in your area.
Aging In Place Contractors
State Department of Insurance
|Insurance regulations differ from state to state.
Need help with an insurance company provider?
Want to know who writes Medigap insurance in your state?
Contact: Department of Insurance
Complaints Resolution (MC111-1A)
333 Guadalupe Stree (78701)
PO Box 149091
Austin, TX 78714-9091
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