AARP has long reported that the vast
majority of seniors prefer to remain in their own homes or
communities as they age. They have also been powerful
advocates of the need to plan in advance for long term care
expenses. And yet few options exist that address these two
important issues for those who wish to age in place:How will I pay for the long term services that I may need?Where will I turn for assistance?
The continuing care at home (CCaH)
life-care model offers older adults, wanting to remain in their
homes but desiring the security of a continuing care retirement
community, the services they will require to safely age in place.
The concept originated in 1985 and has grown slowly, with about a
dozen organizations now offering CCaH. Kendal at Home, a continuing
care at home program serving Northern Ohio, began a decade ago and
now serves about 200 elders. Lynne Giacobbe, executive director
of Kendal at Home, shared with LeadingAge how her organization has
grown, dealt with challenges along the way and keys to successfully
operating a CCaH program.