Surveys indicate that most seniors want to age-in-place. This means that they want to be independent and they want to stay in their own homes. This isn’t a new concept, but it is being revisited because people are living longer than ever before. Aging in place is clearly a popular option but it requires a certain amount of planning to make it successful.
We all know that age brings on certain limitations, and these limitations may make it difficult to manage. It is not unusual for seniors to require help performing basic activities. You may have hated doing housework and couldn’t boil water all of your life, and that was fine. Now, all of a sudden, everything you do is under scrutiny. Housework, cooking, and shopping have become indicators of whether you are capable of managing on your own.
Most seniors who remain in their own homes get help from an informal network which includes friends, neighbors, and family. As you grow older your network shrinks or disappears altogether. You may find it necessary to hire help via a home care agency or move to be near a family member. This is your support system. We have all heard about the seniors in the community who are teetering on the edge but refuse to leave their own homes. Hopefully a plan has been put into action long before the hair pulling stage. The plan needs to include your physical, emotional, and financial capabilities.
Needing help is nothing to be ashamed of. Needing help does not mean that you are not capable of managing in your own home. Think of accepting help as a safety net. It is a known fact that older people who do not have help with daily tasks are more apt to be hospitalized than those who do. Seniors are less likely to experience medical catastrophes such as hunger, dehydration, falls and skin problems if someone is checking in with them on a daily basis
Moving into a retirement community is always an option but it doesn’t have to be the only option. Many older adults can continue to live in their own homes if they receive assistance with basic needs. Many of them do not need round-the-clock medical care, just some a little help with activities that elude them. Area Divisions on Aging can provide a wealth for information about community services to help beleaguered families do what is best for their loved ones.