Aging in place has become a popular option for folks as their healthcare needs increase. The comforts of home, familiarity of surroundings, and location of friends, family members, doctors, and places of worship are all benefits to those who choose to age in place.
Taking care to ensure the home is safe for aging in place is imperative. Things to consider include adding grab bars to bathtub and shower stalls and wherever there are steps, removing area rugs that may be fall/trip hazards, adding an alarm/surveillance system, installing special telephones, and more. There may also be a need to hire a home health agency to help with medication reminders, bathing, or other daily tasks.
Other things to consider range from how to be intentional about getting necessary socialization to when it is time to stop driving and hire transportation services.
Maintaining a property is another task that will have to be considered. Checking mechanicals (furnace, a/c, water heater, water softener, etc), mowing, snow/ice removal, and general home maintenance are items that may need to be hired out at some point while aging in the home.
Today, many Americans choose to age in place, which is understandable. It is important to consider each aspect of aging in place and who will take care of things as the homeowner needs more help when healthcare needs increase.
I’ll be hosting a panel discussion with area experts on the topic of aging in place at my monthly Indy Senior Living Series on Thursday, July 12, from 10-11:30a, at Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church. Click here to RSVP or simply call or text me (317.246.9966).
This series is free, thanks to some great sponsors, including my team, Indy Real Estate Experts, Westminster Village, Clearwater Commons, United Healthcare, ClearCaptions, Eagledale Florists, Hotplate Media, Michaelis, Oak Street Health, Security Title Services, and Stinson Law.
Some other resources for aging in place are listed below: