Aging in place means growing old in your own home. But, that’s only part of the big picture. The truth is: it’s so much more!
Aging in place includes securing the care and support needed to stay safe in your home. The process focuses on improving and maintaining your quality of life while planning for the future.
Aging in place is a process. And, without a plan or some type of strategy, your home can become hazardous or even feel isolated. So, how do you age safely while staying home?
Everything costs money, so having a dependable income throughout retirement will benefit you in more ways than one. Plan early to ensure you have the means to lead the lifestyle you desire. Make sure you’re prepared for future expenses by considering things like long-term life insurance. And, don’t forget to speak with a financial advisor for some expert advice on securing your assets. Once you have a solid plan, you’ll be set for aging in place with a little extra peace of mind.
As we get older, so do our bodies. And with that comes some inevitable changes. Most commonly, seniors may notice a decline in vision or hearing. But there’s also an increased risk of developing chronic conditions, like arthritis or diabetes. Of course, there are countless other possible health scenarios – So, let’s just say, while everyone goes through changes, mental and physical, some are more significant than others. What’s most important is to recognize, evaluate, and create a care plan, prioritizing your health.
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury for adults ages 65 and older? One of the most proactive measures you can take to stay safe is to have your home assessed and modified to be more senior-friendly. Certified aging in place specialists (CAPS) can help with this. You can find a CAPS working in contracting, occupational therapy, and even home care services. A CAPS professional will collaborate alongside you and your family to create a plan for improving and maintaining your quality of life through your environment.
Hearing aids, medical alert systems, adjustable beds…It’s all technology nowadays, and it’s time for you to get friendly! The senior population is on the rise, and, as such, so are the aging-friendly tech tools.
Community centers, meal services, and adult day health care (ADHC) are just a few resources available in most communities for seniors!
Looking for a program near you? The Eldercare Locator can help!
For more information, visit the National Adult Day Service Association.
Family is great. Who doesn’t want peace of mind knowing that help is only a phone call away? Absolutely keep your family involved in everything on some level. Let them know how you’re feeling, whether you need anything, and most importantly – if you need them.
But, for the times when you need a little extra or your family members could use a break, make sure you’re familiar with home care services in your area.
Many seniors will enlist family members to provide care and assistance as they age. But, if you need help with activities of daily living (ADL) or require moderate medical assistance, a home care service can help too! To find home care services, start here!
Start here to find a certified aging in place specialist near you!
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