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|CHOICES FOR INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM|
Our Census Bureau continues to remind us that in the near future, we are going to have a greater number of older persons living in our communities. New Hampshire Statute defines a person as elderly when they turn 60 years of age.
As it stands now, there are many older residents that I see regularly that receive very low monthly incomes from Social Security. That’s the only check they get, and it’s less than $1000.00 a month.
We NEED to become aware that if our health declines and we wish to age with dignity in our own homes, we will NEED to allow services to come in and help us.
The Choices for Independence Program is perfect for low income households. Also known as CFI, it is a Medicaid funded program that provides a wide range of service choices, such as assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, housekeeping, cooking nutritious meals, adult day-care, medical equipment support, and respite care. It is an alternative to nursing facility placement, and we all know that there will not be enough nursing homes or assisted living facilities to handle the influx of the needs for our aging population. And let’s be honest: people do MUCH better in their OWN homes.
So let’s start thinking of our own future and where we want to be as we age.
Contact ServiceLink for more information on what you’ll need to gather as far as paperwork to qualify for CFI assistance. There are 3 criteria to fulfill: financial, clinical, and your choice of case managers to help manage your services. Find out all you can now before you really need it.
We are ALL going to need assistance at some point in our lives to live as well and as healthy as we can in our own homes. Prepare NOW for your future.
From the desk of Jane Constant
Senior Relations Specialist
Nashua Police Department
Posted on: April 12, 2017