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Aging in Place: Is It Right for You?

Mar 15, 2018 by Comfort Keepers of San Marcos

If you’re new to the long-term care scene, you may have heard about aging in place, but perhaps aren’t quite sure what it is.

Before making any decisions on your care, it’s very important to weight out all of your options, including this one.

Here’s the breakdown of aging in place, and why it should be one of your top options in choosing long-term care:

The Comforts of Your Own Home

Aging in place is, just as the name implies, living in the comforts of your own home and spending the rest of your days there. You can find home healthcare companies, custodial work, and practically whatever other assistance you may need to help you get things done and maintain the routines and lifestyle you’ve always had (mostly).

For example, with aging in place, you can:

  • Hire a non-medical companion to keep you company and help you with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as cooking, bathing, getting dressed, grocery shopping, and so forth.
  • Have a yard work company come trim your trees, mow your lawn and set up sprinklers for your garden.
  • Set up home visits with a physician, nurse, or therapist to come administer medication, check on your overall health or do some physical therapy with you, all from your living room.

The possibilities are endless. You still get the care you need, while getting to stay in your comfy house where you’ve established your life.

Comparing Costs

A huge benefit you will most likely find with aging in place is that it’s cheaper than moving somewhere to receive institutionalized care. You’re only paying for the personnel providing you assistance in the home.

Maintaining Independence

This form of care also allows you to maintain a large chunk of your independence, as it is your home. Unless it is interfering with you or others’ safety in any way, you get to call the shots. You can have your laundry done how you normally do it, your meals cooked to your liking, and buy the things you want to buy at the grocery store. With institutionalized care, on the other hand, these decisions are generally made for you.

Loved Ones

Remaining in your home will make it easier for your loved ones to stay in touch with you. It can be difficult for adult children and your younger grandkids to stick around long in a nursing home environment; perhaps they’d be less inclined to visit at all. Getting to go to your home is much more comfortable and inviting, and they don’t have to worry about visiting hours and such.

The Downfalls

As with anything, there are negatives to this form of long-term care.

What works best for you truly depends on your individual situation. If you have dementia and other conditions that require constant medical attention, perhaps being in a facility such as a nursing home or assisted living facility would work better for you. Or, if your home is not very senior friendly and it’s ultimately cheaper for you to move to a nursing home, this will make aging in place the less attractive option.

Do your homework and compare the different kinds of long-term care that appeal to you. You can also meet with different facilities and home healthcare companies to talk about rates, services, and other pertinent factors in deciding your care. You may just find that aging in place is a great option for you!

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