Have you ever wondered if you are able to age in place, or would it be more applicable to live in an Assisted Living Facility? A thought that sometimes comes up more often than not when you are stricken with limitations or injuries.
The average cost of living in an assisted living facility/nursing home can range anywhere from $3,000 - $6,000 a month; depending on what state/city you live in. With prices like these, many people heavily consider if living at home is an option. We are here to show you that you are able to age in place, comfortably.
Aging In Place
Aging in Place means you will live at home as long as possible while aging. According to AARP Research Center, 85% of adults (ages 65+) would prefer to age at home and in their communities. With advances in technology aging in place is possible with stair lifts, ramps, mobility equipment, walk-in tubs and so much more!
With aging in place, your goal should be to maintain or improve your quality of life. To successfully age in place, creating a plan by yourself, or with your family is very important. Planning for financial stability, household chores, health care even transportation. Also, knowing what aspects of your home you need to update to keep you safe and maintain your lifestyle.
Remodeling your home
Many seniors who decide to age in place, consider updating their home. Remodeling could be as simple as adding a ramp, changing your doorknobs, or performing larger renovations. Larger renovations could include, replacing hardwood or tiles with slip-resistant flooring; or replacing your front porch steps with a gradual incline from your driveway. Small renovations that you can incorporate into your home now are: installing a shower seat, putting grab bars in the shower, and add recessed lighting around your home. Your goal should be to create a safe, accessible home. This may all sound egregious, and cumbersome, but with associations such as The National Aging in Place Council; they help provide resources and information on how to make your home more senior-friendly. Things to keep in mind if you do decide to remodel: visibility needs, wheelchair accessibility, dexterity issues, and falling or tripping hazards. Making renovations now can you save you time, and money later. Always make sure to consult a trustworthy contractor before renovations take place.
Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS)
There are also Certified Aging in Place Specialists who help to provide insight on, home health care, renovations, and transportation. A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist understands the unique needs of the older adult population and is knowledgeable about, aging-in-place home modifications, common remodeling projects, and solutions to common barriers. Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) is here to help you every step of the way. If you are nervous about making sure your home is “aging ready” a CAPS professional is a great place to start. Surrounding yourself with a group of people who care for you and want to provide advice, will help you greatly in the long run.
Aging in Place is possible, and it is affordable. A one-time renovation can cost anywhere from $9,000 - $12,000. The cost of living in a nursing home/assisted living facility can cost from $42,000 - $72,000 a year. You would be saving over $60,000 dollars by aging at home. Aging in place is possible and many seniors are pursuing it. It is a big decision for you and your loved ones when it comes to aging in place or moving into a facility. Explore your options, and talk with others. Find what best suits you and your needs. At the end of the day, it is what you are comfortable with, and what will make you happy.
The next part of this series we will compare the pros and cons of living at home, vs. in a nursing home/assisted living facility. We will discuss topics such as; depression rates in nursing homes, and more in-depth focus on the cost of a living facility. Additionally, we will talk about how you can receive in-home care as opposed to finding care at a nursing home.