Aging in place, or staying in your own home environment offers many benefits, from the ability to enjoy a familiar and comfortable setting to staying near your family and friends. Staying in your home should be a choice you consider well in advance; fully exploring your options allows you to choose the best possible location for your future health and well-being.
“Americans of all ages value their ability to live independently. But without a plan for aging in place it can be hard to stay in control of your life. Knowing your health risks and financial options can make a big difference in your ability to stay in a familiar place.” – National Aging in Place Council
4 Ways to Ensure your Home is Ready for your Future Care Needs
Choose the Right Home
The best place for your future may be the home you live in right now, but consider the layout and size of your current house and explore your options before making a decision. A large, two story home may be difficult to maintain or navigate as you age; a big yard may be overwhelming to care for. You may also be paying to heat and cool more square feet than you truly need to use; thinking about these considerations can help you determine if you are ready to stay in your current home. If you are not sure, or feel you might be better off financially or physically in a new home, it may be time to consider a move.
The right home will be close enough to your family and friends and allow you to engage and enjoy social interaction. Ideally, your home will be close to your healthcare providers and allow you to easily access your gym, preferred shopping locations and other places you enjoy going regularly.
Update your Bathroom
According to the National Institutes of Health, the bathroom is a dangerous spot for older adults; slippery tile and a lack of handholds contribute to the danger. Make updating this high risk zone a priority, from installing safety rails to opting for a non-slip floor surface to cut your risk of falls in the bathroom.
Install Alarms and Emergency Alerts
An emergency alert system can help you get the help you need if you fall, become ill or are injured, and the best time to install and learn how to use a system is before you actually need it. Systems vary, but the best offer security and fire alarm services in addition to medical emergency services that can help protect you, even if you live alone.
Adaptive Tools and Supplies
If you have any specific healthcare needs or you need adaptive devices to open jars, put on socks or even pick things up from the ground, obtaining the tools you need to help you with daily tasks can make it easier to enjoy your home. There are a surprising number of adaptive tools that can make life easier as you age; researching now can help you get the pieces you need so you are ready for anything.
Thinking now about your needs and ideal living arrangements allows you to truly prepare for the future and gives you the opportunity to be proactive about your own health and wellbeing.
For help deciding the best path or in determining what you need to do to your existing home, contact Eskaton. We are committed to your health and wellness and are here for you every step of the way.