Aging happens. At the most inconvenient of times, without warning, suddenly you or your loved one is in the hospital, then rehab…then what?
Or perhaps you’ve been dreading the moment your doctor says that living alone is no longer an option. While nursing homes and communities have shiny amenities (and hefty price tags to validate them), are they really the best option? Let’s explore how you can help keep your loved ones at home for a long as possible, and the increased long-term benefits of doing so.
According to a study done by the AARP in 2018, three out of four aging adults want to remain in their homes surrounded by familiar friends and sights. However, in order to make this desire a reality, families need to be strategic in planning ahead for possible care needs.
“Aging in place” is the term for remaining in one’s comfort zone during the aging process. One way families can plan for this scenario is to buy (or move into) accessible-ready homes while they are able. Single-level homes with fewer large, maneuverable rooms and bathrooms rather than more smaller rooms are better. Additionally, an in-law-suite might be available with extra amenities such as a kitchenette or wider doorways. It may be desirable for multiple generations to move together, says AARP.
When considering needs for aging loved ones, the location and weather of the area are also factors. If distance or extreme conditions were to keep family members from responding to needs quickly, is the loved one’s local care network reliable and close enough to step in?
While you may think only nursing homes provide skilled or assisted care, it is true that even these communities often hire nurses and caregivers on a contract basis. That means that these caregivers are often available to take on other jobs such as grocery runs or morning care routines for needy people living in their own homes. Our company hand-picks and employs several such individuals who combine knowledge and compassion as they serve families on an as-needed basis.
Finally, the long-term benefits of aging in place are becoming clearer and desirable. Patients receive more attentive, one-on-one care and stimulation. They are exposed to fewer seasonal health risks and may even experience better memory retention. They are able to remain in a place that is both comfortable and stable, contributing to feelings of safety and sameness and reducing anxiety. Since many aging adults do not need comprehensive, 24-hour care, the costs are significantly reduced compared to the financial commitment of a nursing facility.
If you are considering an aging-in-place scenario for you or a loved one and would like to know more about in-home care, please reach out to us by calling (610) 621-1260. It is our wonderful privilege to help alleviate your fears and offer practical solutions to you and your loved ones as you seek to age in comfort and with dignity.