The goal of aging in place is to help older adults live in the residence of their choice, for as long as they are able and get any help they need for as long as they can. That sounds rather simple but there is much more involved. It is about maintaining and/or improving quality of life. In order to do that, you need a good plan that focuses on quality of life. This plan, much like a will, should be developed early on, and reviewed and tweaked as situations and life changes.
Consider these tips when planning for this important chapter:
1. Analyze the layout of the home is it conducive to someone who may not be able to walk easily? For instance, a single story home is a much better fit for an older adult to avoid stairs, and a roomy bathroom might be a better option if a walker is needed for example.
2. Consider proximity to important places like the doctor’s office, hospital, pharmacy etc. Are places you visit frequently, like the grocery store, in walking distance to your home? If not, look into delivery services that are in your area and get familiar with them in advance.
3. Take a close look at your health care plan. Do they offer services that you might want or need later on? Inter Valley Health Plan is one that holds free classes on health and vitality at their various neighborhood offices to help members connect socially and learn about topics suited for them.
4. Reviewing the aging in-place game plan with a Financial Advisor is also recommended. There are extra services/costs that might be considered during this time; maybe a housekeeper or regular ride sharing for example, so you want to be sure anything that comes up is financially viable.
Overall, maximizing the quality of life for you or your loved one is key and definitely possible when deciding about aging in place, as long as there is careful planning.
Inter Valley Health Plan hosts classes regularly on health and vitality. For a full list of classes in your area, please visit forhealthandliving.ivhpevent.com
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