90% of seniors WANT to age at home.
What does “aging-in-place” mean?
Most people think aging-in-place just means growing old in your own home. And, while that’s absolutely true, it’s really 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.
How do I age safely at home?
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?
Have a financial plan and know what you can afford.
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.
Create a care plan that prioritizes your health.
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.
- See your primary physician both annually and as needed. Listen to your body! If something doesn’t feel right or you notice changes in abilities, then make an appointment.
- Your mental health is just as important as your physical.
- Follow through with any physician-ordered care. Take medication as prescribed.
- Stay active! Exercise is good for the mind and body – especially your heart!
- Accept help.
Have your home assessed, then make changes for safety.
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. A certified aging-in-place specialist (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.
Get friendly with technology.
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.
Know about and utilize community resources.
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.
Keep your family involved, but also, seek outside help.
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.
Aging-In-Place and Home Care
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!
Aging-In-Place Resources: CAPS and More!
To find a certified aging-in-place specialist near you, plus other helpful resources, click here!