Help Make Aging in Place a Reality with These Tips for Seniors

Aging In Place

Aging in place can be a reality for seniors with pre-planning and modifications for safety.

As Dorothy Gale says in The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home,” and according to a recent study, nearly 87% of seniors agree with Dorothy, expressing a desire to remain at home and in their community as they age. These findings aren’t surprising, as home is more than a physical space, but also a place that holds a lifetime of memories and possessions. In addition, “home” represents a senior’s local corner of the world – from the nearby grocery store, library and park, to neighbors and annual community events. Together, each of these creates a sense of belonging; a sense of home.

Plan Ahead

The good news is that with a bit of pre-planning, it’s possible for seniors to live safely and comfortably at home. While it’s impossible to see into the future and know exactly what a senior’s needs will be as he or she ages, it is possible to take steps now that will make aging in place possible:

  • Bedroom: Consider where the senior’s bedroom is located in the house. If it is upstairs and there is a bedroom downstairs, could the senior move downstairs? Having a senior loved one relocate within the house is a good idea as stairs often become more difficult to navigate with age.
  • Bathroom: The bathroom can be a dangerous place for seniors with an increased potential for falls. Make the bathroom safer by installing grab bars in the shower and a higher toilet or a toilet riser with arms. Remove throw rugs or make sure rugs are properly adhered to the floor, and move frequently used items to easy-to-reach locations.
  • Important Documents: Gather important documents such as wills, power of attorney, medical directives, and others in one central location. It’s important for seniors to speak with trusted family members to make their wishes known, not only about their desire to age in place, but about their long-term care needs, financial matters, and how health emergencies should be handled.
  • Speak with the Doctor: Discuss any long term or chronic health conditions that may impact the senior’s desire to age in place. Many seniors manage multiple health conditions and successfully age in place, but knowing what obstacles may arise because of a health condition allows for prior planning.

Find a Trusted Partner

For many seniors and their families, aging in place is made possible by partnering with a compassionate and reliable home care agency, like the St. Charles home care experts at Visiting Care Giving Services. With the help of professionally-trained caregivers, seniors can live independently while receiving assistance with tasks such as:

  • Personal care needs like bathing, dressing, grooming and incontinence care
  • Planning and preparing nutritious meals
  • Medication reminders
  • Light housekeeping and laundry services
  • Running errands, shopping
  • Transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments
  • And many more

In addition, professional caregivers offer an opportunity for a senior loved one to explore hobbies new and old, reminisce about important events and people, maintain involvement in the local community with transportation to places of worship or community centers, and much more. Helping meet not only a senior’s daily care needs, but also his or her social needs, improves wellbeing and overall mental and physical health.

To learn more about Visiting Care Giving Services’ medical and non-medical home care, respite care for family caregivers, and our case management services that help coordinate care and communication in order to meet health and wellness goals, give us a call at (636) 493-9058. With over 25 years of combined caregiving experience, families trust our top-rated St. Charles home care services for reliable, dependable care solutions. We’d love the opportunity to help a senior you love age safely and comfortably in place; reach out today for more information.