VIEWS: 271 PAGES: 1 CATEGORY: Business POSTED ON: 9/9/2008
This is an example of consumer reports. This document is useful for creating consumer reports.
Consumer Reports - August 2008, page 9 New alliances help seniors avoid assisted living Nine out of 10 Americans older than 50 want to stay in their own homes as they age, AARP statistics show. That desire, coupled with the increasing difficulty of tasks such as home repairs and driving, has led a growing number of older adults to form "aging in place" communities: groups of like-minded neighbors who pool resources and expertise to help one another stay more safely in their homes. In general such communities provide a combination of social support, health and wellness programs, and home maintenance assistance. Some, such as Community Without Walls (www.princetonol.com/groups/cww) in Princeton, N.J., have low fees and offer mainly social interaction plus limited help with transportation and meals. Others cost more and offer a fuller menu of services from volunteers and vetted local vendors. "Different models will work for different communities," says Gail Kohn., executive director of the 212-member Capitol Hill Village in Washington, D.C. (www.capitolhillvillage .org). There, $500 per year for an individual ($750 for a household) buys access, via phone or e-mail to services including transportation to and from appointments, simple home repairs, help with computer problems, meal preparation, and gardening, for example. Subsidized memberships are available for lower-income applicants. When no volunteer is available, members can use screened service professionals, often for a discount. Members who live alone can sign up for “check in" calls from a peer. Cultural events offer stimulation and company. Annual fees for the fullest-service communities can run as high as $900 per household, not inexpensive but nowhere near the cost of assisted living. The price might be worth paying for someone who wants the comforts of home and the reassurance that help, whether it's changing a lightbulb or coping with an injury, is a phone call or e-mail away. WHAT YOU CAN DO Find out about starting a group where you live by going to the Web sites of existing communities. Try those mentioned above or check out Beacon Hill Village in Boston, the blue-print for many such communities (www.beaconhillvillage.org; 617 - 723-9713). For links to existing groups, go to www.aipsupport.org, based in Westchester County; N.Y For help with home safety modifications, see the AARP’s home-design hub at www.aarp.org/families/home_design.
Pages to are hidden for
"Consumer Reports"Please download to view full document