Why Nursing Homes Are Not Always Necessary

“Aging in place” is a term that is used to describe the ability for people to remain in their homes for as long as possible as they age. This includes access to services that help them as their needs change with time. Aging in place is a valid alternative for many people who don’t want to consider nursing homes for the future, but it does require some planning. Here are some things to consider.

  • Where will you live? There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to where you will live as you age in place. Is your home all on one level? Stairs can be a challenge as your body ages. Are the bathroom and kitchen accessible or able to be modified if necessary?
  • Who will be your caretakers? Do you have family that you can rely on? What about medical care? If you can no longer drive, how will you get around to run errands or go to important appointments?
  • How will you pay for it? Social Security, retirement planning and long-term care insurance can all be pieces of the puzzle that can help you stay in your own home as you age. Talk with a financial planner early on to set up a plan of action for the future.
  • Who is your support system? Aging in place requires more than medical and transportation support. Emotional health is also important, as loneliness is an epidemic among many seniors who live alone. Have a social support system in place.
  • How will you remain engaged? Finally, it is also critical that you are able to stay active for both your mental and physical health. What kind of exercise will you get? Walks around the neighborhood are a good solution. Do you have hobbies? Will you have a pet?

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