A home represents so many different things to so many different people. It's a complex and multifaceted concept that varies from person to person. According to Stephanie Powers, owner of Merit Home Resource and Merit Consumer Directed Services, most seniors consider their home as part of who they are, and with a strong desire to stay as long as they can.
Powers reminds us that our homes are who we are. That in the way we decorate, prepare meals for our family, when we celebrate life's achievements. It's present the way we landscape, maintain and build upon that which is often considered our most cherished asset.
She also knows first hand that it's with feelings of comfort, safety, and belonging that one must know when its the right time to move. And it can be challenging.
"As someone who has worked over a decade as a healthcare professional, I understand that as our lives transition with aging, what once was home may need to change" - Stephanie Powers, Certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist®
While Merit Home Resource aims to simplify the steps for anyone wanting and needing a successful move on the real estate side, it's all about keeping seniors in their home on the Merit CDS side.
Merit CDS is a Medicaid based program that provides personal care services to enable anyone disabled or elderly to live as independently as possible in their own home. Merit CDS can help clients enroll in the State Consumer Directed Services (CDS) program. A friend or family member may even be hired as an attendant. Merit CDS will train the caregiver to assist with tasks such as meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry and hygiene assistance.
Bottom line, if your seeking guidance on staying in your home as a starting point, or need help every step along the way, Merit is the best place to start.
On the real estate side, Powers offers the following as part of Merit Home Resource:
Real Estate - Helping purchase or sell a home complete with a robust marketing strategy and network of over 1000 real estate agents in the Greater St. Louis and surrounding areas.
Home Showings - Scheduling home viewings that fit your criteria and help you narrow the kind of home that best fits the life you want.
Retirement Community Tours - Being a member of the St. Louis Care Alliance enables partnerships with the best resources to help find the right Independent, Assisted or Skilled Living Community that matches your needs and wants.
Organizing and Decluttering - Helping organize, deciding what stays and what goes (and who it should go to). Helping arrange for donations to appropriate centers of your choice.
Packing and Moving Services - Referring only reliable, seasoned professionals so you don't have to worry.
"Whether your working to stay in your home, or preparing for the next stage in life, there comes a time when one needs to make decisions on where to live and with what kind of assistance. It's nice to know that there is help out there. Stephanie Powers at Merit Home Resource and Merit CDS is indeed the one you want on your team and we are proud that she is a member of the St. Louis Care Alliance.