If you or a loved one are getting older and beginning to look at different living options for seniors, then you may have heard the phrase “aging in place.” Aging in place is when an older adult chooses to stay in their own home instead of moving into a senior living community. While it may seem like the easiest option for seniors since they are remaining at the home they already live in, aging in place can actually require quite a bit of work. Here’s everything you need to know about aging in place:
- Who Is Aging in Place Good For? — Aging in place is best for you if you are an older adult who is still independent, wants to remain in the home you currently live in, and can handle most daily tasks on your own. Seniors who require a lot of support and are unable to care for themselves may be better off looking into the different senior living options available to them.
- What Home Modifications Will Help? — There are specific home modifications that will make your home more accessible to you and increase your mobility while you are aging in place. These modifications include things like handrails to help you support yourself, walk-in showers and tubs with handles, wheelchair ramps, sensor lighting, and more.
It will also be necessary to make repairs to areas of your home that could pose potential safety hazards. Some examples include replacing slick floors, fixing old or faulty appliances, widening hallways, removing sharp corners or edges, and fixing tripping hazards.
You should also look into installing a security system in order to keep you and your home safe. Furthermore, personal alert devices can be critical for getting help in case of an emergency.
- How Will You Get Support for Other Needs? — While you may be able to take care of most of your needs on your own, there may be some things you require help with. Some of the areas you may need to hire someone to help out with include transportation, shopping for groceries and other necessities, all of your medical and healthcare needs, housekeeping, yard maintenance, and more.
Many of these needs can be met using technology, such as delivery and ridesharing services. For other support, you can consider hiring a caretaker.
- How Will You Cover Your Costs? — While aging in place is generally considered one of the cheaper senior living options, it can still entail a lot of expenses if you have to make significant modifications or require a lot of support.
There are a variety of ways you can cover these costs, including money from family members, covering applicable expenses with Medicare, personal insurance, grants, loans, and equipment loans. There are also certain nonprofit organizations and charities that help older adults with their needs while aging in place—like making modifications and repairs—free of charge.
At Rebuilding Together – Silicon Valley, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home, so we help provide critical home repairs to over 600 clients per year, including to those who are aging in place. Volunteers are essential to our work and the impact we have in these communities. You can help us make a difference in these communities by donating to our cause, volunteering with us, or planning a Team Build! If you would like to get involved, please email today!
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