Aging in place starts with a decision to grow older in your current residence instead of moving to an assisted living community.
It is not the best choice for everyone, and the decision is complex.
Unfortunately, almost half the seniors who want to age in place have yet to think about the steps they need to take to stay home.
Some questions to consider include:
How is your health?
Do you have any medical conditions that worsen over time, making aging in place difficult or impossible?
Do you have a support network to manage the age-in-place home care you need, like home health care, doctor’s appointments, medications, physical therapy, and more?
What type of modifications does your house need?
Is your bedroom upstairs?
Are there handrails and seating in the shower, or do you have a walk-in tub?
Is there someone to help with shopping and meal preparation?
Do you or will you need help with any of the basic daily activities like bathing or dressing?
Fortunately, today there are many high-quality home healthcare services available. Aging in place for years to come might be your best option.
But, choosing between aging in place or transitioning to assisted living care is a personal decision that includes emotional, physical, and financial factors.