What goes in to a home assessment?
Founded in 2016, Home Field Advantage, PLLC, provides home accessibility assessments to promote aging in place. We work with homeowners to modify their current home and help with planning for future requirements promote safety and function in their home. HFA consults with builders and architects regarding your remodel and renovation plans to prolong the utility of your renovation. We also provide assessments for employers to promote accessibility for employees with mobility issues and customers.
As a licensed Occupational Therapist, Dr. Blackington uses her 8+ years of professional experience in acute care and acute rehabilitation to provide a comprehensive assessment of your home and recommendations for modifications.
Our home assessments are conducted over 3 appointments in the home:
First meeting- Dr. Blackington will meet with homeowner to discuss their current situation- health, mobility, long term goals. This information is combined with a guided tour though the home with the homeowner to demonstrate all aspects of a “typical” day and where they are having difficulty. Typically this session takes 2-3 hours.
Second meeting- A detailed report is presented to the homeowner in regards to current function and modifications to improve safety and accessibility. Equipment recommendations are made as well placement indicated within the home. Any additional concerns that have arisen from the first meeting will also be discussed. Typically this session takes 1-2 hours.
Final meeting- After recommended equipment has been installed a walk through of the home and a final opportunity to address any accessibility concerns. Typically this session takes about an hour.
What is aging in place?
- According to AARP, 87% of adults over age 65 want to stay in the home and community as they age. This desire to "age in place" comes from a combination of factors, including comfort at home, familiarity with their surroundings and financial considerations.
- In New Hampshire, the average cost for an assisted living apartment is $4,315/month or $51,780/year. If you need additional care, a semi-private room in a nursing home averages $98,550/year.
Who pays for that? Medicare? Medicaid?
- The goal of Medicaid is for recipients to first pay privately for nursing home care, and then qualify for Medicaid.
- To qualify applicants must first "spend down" their assets- this means selling your home, car, any other large purchases and spending down the profits on housing/care.
- Profits from asset sales may not be given to family members, simply, you can't sell your possessions, give the money to family, move into an assisted living, and the government will foot the bill.