Sources for free or paid housing referrals

By Margaret Foster
Posted on October 06, 2023

Imagine you’re living far away from your aging parents. One day you get a phone call from a hospital: Your mother has had a fall, the nurse says, and she can’t live at home anymore. What to do? Thankfully several companies in our area can help figure out the next steps. But some companies charge a fee, and others don’t. What’s the difference between a fee-based geriatric care... READ MORE

D.C. Housing News — October 2023

By Amita Chatterjee
Posted on October 03, 2023

New apartments in downtown Silver Spring In May, the Leggett Senior Living Apartments opened its doors in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, offering 267 new mixed-income housing units to adults 62 years and older. The building’s larger and market-rate apartments have already been leased, but affordable one-bedroom units are now available to those with limited incomes. The complex... READ MORE

What if you can’t afford long-term care?

By Kate Ashford
Posted on September 28, 2023

As many as 8 in 10 older Americans couldn’t afford more than four years in an assisted living facility or two years in a nursing home, according to a 2023 analysis by the National Council on Aging and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston. This is particularly difficult for people in the monetary middle, defined by Pew Research Center as “those with an annual household income of ... READ MORE

How to turn a home into an Airbnb rental

By Patricia Mertz Esswein
Posted on September 27, 2023

While staying at an Airbnb in the Hudson Valley a couple of years ago, Kathy Corby realized she would love to own a home there and share it as an Airbnb. She soon bought an 1890s Cape Cod with four bedrooms and two bathrooms in Saugerties, N.Y. And in early 2021, she hosted her first Airbnb guests. Today, the rental is not only paying its own way, from mortgage to utilities, but also... READ MORE

Daily check-in services for solo agers

By Jim Miller
Posted on September 26, 2023

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any services that check in on older adults who live alone? I live about 200 miles from my 82-year-old mother and worry about her falling or getting ill and not being able to call for help. —Worrywart Daughter Dear Worrywart, There are actually several different types of check-in services, along with some simple technology devices that can help ... READ MORE

Move to a new home is a mixed blessing

By May Benatar
Posted on September 25, 2023

Last spring, my husband and I moved to an over-55 community about 30 minutes north of our former home. Our new apartment is in a high-rise, on one level, less than half the square footage of our house. We left behind a spacious home with 16 stairs from entrance to bedrooms, so our knees are a lot happier here. Our neighbors are very welcoming. There is a culture of warmth and... READ MORE

Getting paid as a family caregiver

By Jim Miller
Posted on July 14, 2023

Dear Savvy Senior, I have been taking care of my elderly father for over a year, and it’s taking a toll on my finances because I can only work part-time. Are there any resources you know about that can help family caregivers get paid? —Seeking Support Dear Seeking, Caring for an elder parent can be challenging in many ways, but it can be especially difficult financially if you... READ MORE

Is your new home in your kids’ back yard?

By Patricia Mertz Esswein
Posted on July 13, 2023

When Cary Childre, 65, considered moving closer to her daughter living in an Atlanta suburb, she realized she couldn’t afford to buy “much of anything.” So, her daughter researched building a cottage in her own back yard. They made a deposit on a Craftsman-style design by a local architect who will manage the project from permits to completion. The 429-square-foot home will have... READ MORE

What to look for in choosing rehab care

By Patricia Mertz Esswein
Posted on July 10, 2023

After a stay in the hospital, most people would prefer to go home to recuperate. But that may not always be possible. If you or a loved one needs more medical care, rehabilitation or supervision, you’ll have to find a nursing home or skilled nursing facility before the patient is discharged from the hospital. But what should you look for, and who is a good source of impartial... READ MORE

How to plant a container like the pros do

By Jessica Damiano
Posted on July 07, 2023

Have you ever gone to the grocery store for, say, milk, and left with a cartful of impulse buys? Well, I visited a couple of nurseries last week in search of one specific plant and left with nearly everything except that plant, which both retailers had sold out. As usual, I was seduced by the colorful, pre-planted annual containers on display, and hemmed and hawed about whether I should... READ MORE