While there are many seniors who enjoy the amenities and easygoing lifestyle of moving into an assisted living community, there are just as many who don't want to leave their homes and would prefer to age in place. If you are a senior who prefers to stay in your own home as you get older, there are a few modifications to your home and your lifestyle that you're going to need to make.
In reality, even if you're middle-aged and nowhere near the age of retirement and aging in place yet, there are a few things that you might want to take care of to prepare for your inevitable aging. Read on below for a few of the must-haves you're going to need as a senior citizen aging in place.
The Help You Need
While this is something that you may have a little while to accomplish, it doesn't hurt to go ahead and start checking into the in-home care Orange County providers offer (of course, if you don’t live in the OC, you should find providers in your local area). As you get older, there will be things that you won't be able to do as well on your own. Whether it's driving to the market, cleaning the bathrooms, or preparing meals and taking your medicine, go ahead and do your research so you know the best options available to you when the time comes to get in-home health care.
If you're going to be aging in place, then you're going to want to do your own cooking and baking for as long as possible. That's where kitchen modifications come in. It is possible that you'll have to have professional contractors come in to remodel your kitchen, so counters and other appliances are easier for you to access. Many seniors also find that having the microwave on a cart instead of on the back of a counter is easier as well. Think about these things, and what you might need for kitchen renovations before aging in place begins.
Bathtub and Shower Modifications
There are many reasons that people choose to replace their bathtubs over the years, but none are ever as important as the modifications you'll make when you choose to age in place. As you get older, you need to be careful about slipping in the bathtub or shower, and for many seniors stepping over the ledger into and out of the bathtub becomes a hassle and a danger as well. It's possible to replace your traditional bathtub with a walk-in tub if you're opposed to taking showers.
Use Smart Home Devices
Voice-controlled smart home devices such as Alexa and Google Home are must-haves for you if you're going to consider aging in place. They can help with simple things such as remembering to take your medications or calling friends. Having these devices also helps with ordering groceries and things you're out of as well. Smart lighting, Fit Bit activity trackers, and any other number of smart home devices can certainly come in handy and help keep you safe as you age in your own home where you most want to be.
Friends and Family Members
While it is certainly not something you can order off Amazon or have a contractor install; if you're going to age in place, the cooperation, love, and help of your friends and family are super important.
These are just a few of the must-haves you need to put into place if you intend to age in your home, instead of checking into assisted living or moving in with your family. From in-home health care to smart home devices, aging in place is entirely possible in today's modern world.
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