It’s becoming more and more popular for America’s graying population to choose to age in place, and not go prematurely into an assisted living facility. Today, nearly 90% of American seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age. Even 82% of seniors who need some daily assistance prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible. So what can caregivers and family members do to make this dream a reality?
1. Tap into your local Area Agency on Aging. Local Area Agencies on Aging provide support, assistance, and accurate information to seniors, and can easily connect them with local resources. These community resources can help enhance a senior’s independence without placing any burden on family members who are trying to balance the care of a senior as well as their own families and careers.
2. Wait no longer: Make home modifications now. It’s no secret that we lose balance and muscle strength as we age. Modifying the home helps facilitate mobility, and increase safety and comfort, and goes a long way in helping seniors age in place. Consider adding handles or chairs in the shower, a ramp to the front door, easier pulls on the kitchen drawers, and adding non-slip surfaces.
3. Send nutritious meals right to their door. Aging Americans have so many changes to deal with, from technology to hearing loss, the loss of friends and family, to the possibility of moving out of a beloved home. Nothing provides greater comfort than a hot, healthy meal, but getting to a market or even preparing food can be an insurmountable hurdle. One solution is to send Mom’s Meals NourishCare meals right to someone’s door.
As you can see helping those you love stay healthy in their own homes can be as easy as 1, 2, and 3!