Aging in place has become a popular way for seniors to live today. But is this the right choice for you or your loved one? Here are four questions to ask before making the big decision to remain at home.
1. Am I healthy enough?
Seniors who can successfully age in place must be in generally good health. And even then, some modifications might need to be made to the house. It may be as simple as removing rugs and adding grab bars, or as complicated as widening doors and adding wheel chair ramps. You should plan for the added expenses for additional home modifications if necessary.
2. Will I receive the help I need?
While you may think family members who live close by will provide the proper care you need, the reality is that your family may not be able to be there every time you need them or as frequently as you need. Depending on how much care is needed, it may be too much to ask of friends or family to take care of all of your needs.
However, there are other great options available. Services such as Freedom Home Care can provide the care you need so that you don’t have to burden family. Not only can our caregivers provide help with activities of daily living, but they can also assist with the little things, such as laundry or shopping, that may become difficult over time.
3. Will I feel isolated?
While it may be hard to imagine now, living at home can become isolating very quickly. Being home by yourself can lead to depression as well as other medical problems. Take an active approach to getting social. Have a phone list of friends who would love to talk at a moment’s notice. Plan regular outings or dinners with friends and family. Even having a caregiver, such as those from Freedom Home Care, at your home can keep you from feeling isolated. Make socializing a priority by working it into your weekly schedule.
4. How will I get around?
Another way to avoid isolation is to get out of the house frequently. But over time, many seniors have to refrain from driving due to medical or eyesight issues. Plan alternative transportation options early. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or public transportation, make sure you have a way to get out and about. It’s also important to try and get outside by going for a walk or just sitting outside on your patio.
Making the decision to age in place should not be taken lightly, but with some planning, you can decide what the best action is for you. Freedom Home Care provides services for seniors who wish to remain comfortably at home. If you or someone you know could benefit from our specialized services, call us at 708-433-5788 for more information.