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Phoebe Woods-Orsini

Aging in Place

What is Aging in Place (ANP)

Aging in Place in real estate terms is about maintaining control of a safe environment and quality of life in housing.

What makes good ANP? - In short, safety and convenient access to amenities such as — work, community centers, recreation, parks transportation, sidewalks, volunteer opportunities, doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and emergency services. Universal Design Standards ensure safety, security, flexible use, and layouts that require low physical effort lay-outs.

Here to Help You- I am an SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), As someone over the age of 50, your needs aren't the same as a first-time homebuyer or seller. I have complete in-depth training in a wide variety of topics related to homebuyers and sellers over the age of 50, from active adult communities to aging in place. I have been a Realtor since 2004 and chose to specialize in senior real estate after working on my own Multi-Gen home and caring for a family member before, she entered an assisted living facility. There are many facets for ANP, along with many types of facilities. Wish I had known more about the process before we had started. I can help with the benefits and pitfalls we experience along away. I also specialize in Downsizing and Multi-Generational homes.

Elder Care-This is an umbrella term for those needing assistance with activities of daily living (ADL). It involves light to intense care at home or in a facility. Care includes services like meals, socialization, transportation, phone, check-ins, personal care, housekeeping, and emergency responses.


Independent Living -There are many types of ANP options. There are 55+, Co-Housing, ADU’s, ECHO’s, Congregate Living, Shared Housing, or even Multi-Generational homes. You can also downsize to a smaller footprint, condo, or even rent an apartment. There are many services that can come into your home to help and assist with ANP. FREE Aging in Place information pack, click here.

Assisted Living-  is for people who don’t need a nursing home, only help with daily tasks such as cleaning, transport, medication, personal care, and meals. These properties can have TV and meeting areas, pools, crafts, religious, and even educational classes. There are many types of care and faculties such as Senior Day Care or Centers, CCRC’s, Nursing Facilities, and Memory Care. If you would like a Free packet on Assisted Living Options, click here

Reasons to consider Assisted Living- On average, 8 out of 10 elders will experience future special needs. I know from personal experience that this is not an easy decision to make, but in some cases, you may want to consider Assisted Living. 

·      A decline in personal care routines

·      Inability to clean the home

·      Not cooking

·      No food in the home and ordering out all the time

·      Lethargy or daily fatigue

·      Forgetfulness (Major Dementia or Alzheimer’s)

·      Placing self in danger

·      Not following doctor’s orders.


What to look for There are many options available, so I encourage you to consult with your doctor regarding when is it time. Do your homework, shop around, some homes are better than others. Check with Assisted Living or CCRC’S, what type of service plan they provide and what’s included. Check on housing type, how many rooms, baths, if they have a roommate or not. Make sure you get all the information in the contract in writing. You would not purchase a home without a contract!

Extra tip (based on personal experience): If you visit loved ones at an assisted living facility at least once a week and at different times, your loved one will receive better care. Note that most CCRS facilities are state-regulated.


HOPA Law-HOPA (Housing Older Person Act) allows age-restricted housing and prohibits discrimination on the basis of familial status.

 HUD GOV-“The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status (families with children under the age of 18; pregnant women and people in the process of obtaining custody of children under 18, or persons with the written permission of the parent or legal guardian). However, it contains a limited exemption from the familial status prohibitions for housing for older persons.”

This Federal act protects you from discrimination and unfair treatment when it is in regards to your home and housing rights.


Medicare & Medicaid- Medicare covers nursing homes up to 90 days after a hospital stay, but does not cover Assisted Living and care outside of the United States.

Medicaid is a need-based public assistance program. You must apply for eligibility. Approval means you’ll get covered for stays at nursing homes.

Applying for Medicaid is complex, so I recommend getting help from a professional Medicaid planner at Please check with your state for all guidelines. The above is only a brief explanation.


To receive FREE helpful guides click here:

Downsizing Packet               Multi-Generational Living Packet

Aging in Place Packet …..         Reverse Mortgage Sheet….

Legal for Elder’s Sheet….


Click on the links below if you would like more information on:

·      Multi-Generational Living                           Downsizing

·      Selling or Buying a Home                            Again in Place

·      About Phoebe Woods-Orsini, Realtor, SRES, Multi-Generational, AHWD, ePro, REBAC

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Helpful Websites

Elder Abuse www.ncea.acl,gov

SR Move Manager

Driver Rehab

Volunteer Search

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