Home is where the heart is! Millions of Americans are struggling to stay in their homes in spite of the economic downturn and mortgages that are difficult to pay. Millions of other Americans are trying to stay in their own homes rather than moving to a care facility as they age. The new buzz word is "Aging in Place". It simply means staying in the home where you have lived or want to live rather than living in a healthcare or continuing care environment.
Aging in place means staying in a comfortable environment, feeling safe and secure, and it often means staying near family and services that we depend on. It is a worthwhile endeavor, yet it requires planning.
As we age we a bound to have some physical problems and weaknesses that we didn't encounter in our youth. So the first step is a thorough and honest assessment of those limitations. Here's a quick checklist:
- Failing vision
- Arthritis or other decreased mobility
- Decreased strength
- Reduced sensory acuity
- Hearing difficulties
- Alzheimer's or other mental degradation
The second step is to decide what changes you need to make and who can help you in making those changes.
If you are one of those struggling to age in place or you are trying to help you parents, there are resources that will help. Check out ElderCareLink , a fantastic FREE service that will assist you in finding the help, equipment, and services that you need to help plan for the future and keep everything under complete control. You simply fill in a simple form and they suggest providers in your geographic area. All of the providers are well-screened. It is one of the most useful services that any aging adult or anyone caring for an older person could ask for. So don't hesitate for a minute. Let ElderCareLink give you the help you need.