Aging at home (sometimes referred to as aging in place) is a term that most of us have come to know. As people age, it’s perfectly natural that many prefer to do so in the comfort of their own homes and familiar surroundings. Fortunately, with some advanced planning, most people will be able to age at home.
Think About What Future Care You May Need
It’s challenging to plan ahead because you don’t know for sure what will happen as you age. However, you can think about the type of care you would like to have in various situations. Here are eight ways to plan ahead depending on what you may need:
1. Personal Care
Perhaps you may just need a little help with your personal care routine – bathing, washing your hair, or getting dressed. Could this level of care be provided by a trusted family member or friend? You can also survey your local home helper services.
- Check out your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA).
Many people live where almost everything can be deposited right at their front door. Get used to ordering groceries online and having them delivered. If you are not a savvy online user, ask a young family member to teach you. Also, most stores will allow you to call in your order.
3. Housecleaning and Other Chores
What happens if keeping your home clean and in good order becomes more challenging? When and if this starts to be a problem, don’t wait until things get worse. Plan ahead and find a house cleaning service that you are comfortable with.
- The same applies to things like errands, laundry, yard work, or handyman projects.
4. Meal Planning
As you age, eating healthy meals with high nutritional value is increasingly important. If you reach the point where preparing meals is becoming too difficult, consider a service like Meals on Wheels.
Alternatively, enlist someone to take you to eat at community health centers, places of worship, etc. a few times per week. The cost for these services is usually very low or even free, and you also get a chance to socialize.
5. Money Management
Even some younger people struggle with handling bills, sifting through insurance forms, etc. If these tasks are becoming overwhelming, ask a family member or close friend to help manage your finances. A younger family member can help you set up your bills up for auto-payment, so you don’t even have to worry about them.
6. Stay Smart About Money Matters
Seniors are prime targets for scam artists. Therefore, never give out your social security number, driver’s license number, or other personal information over the phone or to a stranger knocking on your door. Also, ask a trusted source for help with any dubious emails – don’t automatically open them.
Have an honest discussion with your doctor regarding any current health issues and what to expect going forward. Take a companion along to your appointment – it’s always better to have an extra set of ears.
- If you are taking medications or need to do certain exercises regularly, consider obtaining a device that can alert you when it is time.
8. Aging at Home: Find a Trusted Home Help Service
Organizations are available to provide in-home support, medical help, and various caregiving services, although such assistance often comes with a cost. However, such expense is more manageable if you plan well ahead.
- If you live in or near Columbus, SC, Caring Healthcare can help you with aging at home. Contact us today – we are here to help you.