Is Aging in Place Right for You?
Is Aging in Place Right for You?
The majority of elderly Americans wish to age in place, but it is important to know yourself and understand your needs before making such a decision.
The idea of continuing to live at home is an appealing one for many elderly Americans. It means staying among familiar faces, feeling independent and enjoying a comfortable life in a home you have loved for so long. There are, however, some challenges to aging in place that one must be prepared to confront.
Growing older means facing adversity, and being able to cope with the daily challenges of life is critical if you are considering aging in place. Aging in place is right for someone who is at a point in their life where they can acquire all of their daily necessities, and still maintain a quality standard of living. However, if someone is in a position where they already struggle maintaining a high quality of life, then that person may not be in a position to age in place safely—at least without the help of skilled professionals and a network of support.
Aging in place requires planning: Seniors who are willing to take stock of their finances, health, desires, and goals for the future are those who will be able to develop a well-balanced, manageable plan to age in place. A strong support system of friends, family, and assistants is also crucial. Someone who is willing to welcome help into their life is someone who will find aging in place more inviting than those who do not. This help can include obtaining the help of a medical assistant, housekeeper, driver, and nutritionist or chef.
Aging in place also means welcoming some change into your home: Changes may be necessary to improve living standards and make the home an even more comfortable environment. This can mean making repairs and additions to the home, the cost of which should be weighed against the cost of other living options. Oftentimes, elderly people with a more modest income find aging in place to be the less expensive option, even when renovation to the home and the hiring of outside help is factored in.
Aging in place can mean having more control: If an elderly person desires more control over their life and how they live it, then aging in place can provide that. But, it is also important to remember that aging in place is not a solo journey — there is no need to go it alone.
Avila Home Care wants to be there when you take that next step: we can provide the assistance and comfort you need in day-to-day living. Make the right choices for your golden years of life. For more information, contact us today.
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