Aging at Home: Is it for you?
According to research by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), near 90% of seniors are wanting to stay in their homes while they age. Many do not know, but aging at home is actually an option! Although it’s not recommended for everyone based on their overall health and required assistance, it may be the option for your loved one. Instead of moving into a senior care facility, many older adults are buying new accessible homes, or just renovating their old ones to fit their needs.
Here at Cariloop, we want to help you make the right decision about where to spend your aging years. Whether it be in a skilled facility, retirement community, or in your own home, we want to make the choice as simple as possible for you. We understand how stressful it can be to search for the best senior care facility in your area so we want to give you some pros and cons about the option of aging at home. Who knows? Maybe aging at home is for you!
Have the doctors and services come to you
There are plenty of in home care services you can acquire that provide all the same medical and non-medical services that would be offered at a senior care facility. There are nurse operated companies that can come to your house and assist you with errands, reading and writing, bathing, and dressing. They can also provide wellness check-ups, medication fills and injections, just to name a few options. These types of at home services are great if you are living far away from family.
Aging at home can save you money
By only paying for the services you actually see necessary, you won’t need to spend that extra money on over care charges. Caregivers can customize a specific plan for your home care so you know exactly what you are purchasing. Instead of spending the money and moving every time your health needs change, bringing the caregivers to you saves time and brings the cost down to the specific service. Unless you are extremely ill, or are required to stay at a medical facility, aging at home may make the best financial sense to you.
Aging at home promotes independence
Because you are living in your own home, it makes it easier to keep your independence and stay active the way you have been for years. Any senior care facility has restrictions or guidelines that have to be followed. However, living at home lets you have the freedom to do things like visit other friends in your neighborhood or do the activities you want to do that keep up your quality of life.
Build or customize your own home
Many homes that we live in now are not accessible for older adults. However, if your renovations are more than you can handle then you might want to look into purchasing a home that is tailored for aging adults. Keith Collins is just one of many home builders that have created a universal home for seniors. His design has customized features geared toward your specific needs. Some features in his homes include wide doorways with flat entrances for wheelchairs, levers on all doors instead of door knobs, empty space under sinks for people with wheelchairs to be able to sit and do the dishes, and low counters with grab bars installed. These types of accessible homes can be affordable and beneficial to those who would like to age at home.
Limited mobility around your home
If home renovations are not an option, it could be difficult to stay in a non-accessible home. Let’s face it, remodeling is expensive and it may not be something you can have done. Living in a home without any modifications for your health may create problems for you now or in the future. For example, if you had use a wheelchair or another type of mobility assistive device, it would be difficult to get around your house if your doorways or hallways were too narrow.
Aging at home may create a feeling of loneliness. As you age, it may become more difficult to get around to see family and friends. Unfortunately, driving may not be an option for you anymore and you may not have another source of transportation. Healthy aging includes social and emotional well-being, but living at home doesn’t always provide that for seniors. While living and aging in your house may be great, isolation may come at a greater cost.
Cariloop hopes that these pros and cons put aging at home in perspective for you and maybe answered some questions that you might have had. Leave a comment and let us know what you are planning for your aging years or some more pros and cons of aging at home.