We know that the majority of seniors prefer to age-in-place, and it comes with many significant benefits. Your family can better help a senior loved one decide when you break down the issues one at a time.
Seniors’ desires should be first and foremost. If they want to live at home, answer questions such as: can they afford to stay in their house / they healthy enough to live independently / is their personality suited to being alone most of the day? Some seniors are very active in the community, and therefore there would not be any worry about becoming isolated.
Adding home modifications like grab bars and supports in the bathroom, incorporating non-slip mats, making small adjustments to the kitchen, and moving the bedroom to the ground floor are all ways to ensure the habitat is safe. Previously in AgingTopic you read an article HERE about automatic stove shut-off devices! Better lighting in stairways is also a simple home improvement which was written about previously HERE and will greatly decrease the risk of falls which can wreak havoc on us as we age.
Whether they are still driving or not, there will come a time when public transportation or private drivers replace car ownership. Setting the stage ahead of time will ease the transition.
Finally, their support network of neighbors, friends, and local services will influence the decision to age-in-place. Virtual doctor’s appointments now make it easier to remain at home, as do laundry and housekeeping services.
Read HERE for an extensive list of issues to help you and your loved one make the best decision.