To age in place means you make the conscious decision to grow old in the home of your choice. You’re also realistic enough to know that you may need services to help you stay there and maintain the quality of life you want.
If aging in place is what you want to do, here’s what you need to think about.
You may love working on your house and yard but at some point, you won’t be able to. When you can no longer safely climb the ladder to clean out the gutters, it’s time to get someone else to do it.
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WARNING: Don’t wait until you hurt yourself to get help. Remember your goal is to age in place and that can’t happen if you get injured trying to do things you can no longer do.
Single story living is the best choice for aging in place and that’s because eliminating the stairs will help you prevent a fall. If you’re in a two-story home consider remodeling to create a first-floor bedroom and bathroom.
Other things to consider in the layout of you home:
Grocery shopping has become easier over the past few years. Here are some options that will help as you age.
Managing your health care can become a full-time job as you age but finding a care partner will keep you independent and in control of what you need.
There may come a time when you’re no longer able to drive. The good news is getting around town has never been easier. With so many option you can keep yourself on the move to doctor’s appointments, concerts, restaurants and more.
Maintain your social life because it’s an important part of aging well, for example:
Whatever you decide to do it’s important to maintain a purpose as you age so you’ll continue to feel energized, active and involved.
Much of banking can be done online from your home. For example check with local utilities to see if you can schedule your bills to be automatically paid each month. If you need help you should consider:
If you plan to age in place and you expect your family to help it’s most important to have those conversations now. Be realistic about what you need and expect. In addition, understand how your family can and will be able to help.
There are Continuing Care at Home membership programs such as Confident Living in Cincinnati and Friends Life Care in Philadelphia, that support people who want to stay in their own home as they age.
These programs provide a Care Coordinator to help you put together a plan to stay in your own home. A Care Coordinator is a trusted guide who handles tasks such as navigating the healthcare system and recommending someone for home maintenance and repair. Anything you need to help you age well in your own home.
Confident Living is a continuing care at home membership program, focused on helping you remain active and independent as you age in your own home. We serve the greater Cincinnati area. For more information, contact us online or call (513) 719-3522.