There are several factors to consider when deciding if Aging in Place is the right choice for you or your aging loved one.
- Physical- Consider the layout of the home. Single-level living is the safest and most comfortable for the elderly. If the home is multi-level, can the occupant live comfortably on the lower level without going upstairs? Will assistive devices or medical equipment be needed, and can they be easily installed? Will your loved one be able to prepare food easily and safely by themselves?
- Medical-Consider their medical condition. Are they likely to lose function over time? Mobility? What type of medical care will they need? Is their mental capacity decreasing over time?
- Financial- Consider available ﬁnancial resources. What ﬁnancial resources are available to pay for care? Is there a long-term insurance policy available, and what does it cover? If not, are private ﬁnances enough to pay for care? Make a budget for how long your loved one can afford each type of service and if they are likely to outlive their resources.
- Social- Consider opportunities to socialize. Socialization is very important to consider because isolation can lead to depression and other health concerns. Connection to a social network, getting out to enjoy activities in the community, and access to religious or spiritual services are things that many elderly individuals value. Does your loved one have pets? If so, do they need help caring for them? Be sure to discuss these needs with a potential home provider.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is waiting too long to initiate elder in-home care services to add support in the home. By avoiding the issue or trying to provide all of the support to our loved ones on our own, we end up taking unnecessary risks and creating avoidable problems.
Get a consultation. Most elder in-home companies will offer a free consultation to help you assess your loved one’s situation and provide guidance in your decision-making process.
You can also consider consulting with a geriatric care manager for assistance with this process. Visit aginglifecare.org.