A Guide to Aging in Place: 5 Things You Need to Do Today

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Today, more adults than ever are choosing to age in place. In fact, a recent survey shows that 77% of seniors prefer to grow old in their own home — rather than move into an assisted living facility or a family member’s house — as they grow older.

With the many documented benefits of aging in place, it only makes sense that aging in place home care is the preferred living arrangement for most seniors. Thanks to modern technology, it is safer than ever for older adults to maintain independence and remain in their homes. In this blog, learn about the benefits of aging in place and what you can do to improve your or your loved one’s experience.

Why Should You Stay in Your Home? Benefits of Aging in Place 

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When asked, most seniors prefer to stay in their own homes as they age because of the comfort and familiarity. For someone who has lived in the same house for decades, the idea of moving into a nursing home or assisted living community is understandably uncomfortable.

Aging in place also helps seniors maintain their independence. Even as they face cognitive or physical decline, most seniors would rather remain in control of their own daily care, decisions, and activities. One of the most significant benefits of aging in place is the ability to maintain social connections. 

Seniors living at home are more likely to remain engaged and avoid the social isolation prevalent in the older population. That isolation is a significant contributor to other health issues, including depression, anxiety, and illness. 

It’s hard to ignore the financial benefits of aging in place. The annual costs for full-time nursing home care average about $105,000 for a private room — and the costs are rising. Even when considering the costs of modifying a home to accommodate changing needs, the cost difference is clear. Modifying the home — including implementing technology — and developing a plan for success are the keys to keeping you or your loved ones safe, healthy, and thriving as they get older.

How Can You Successfully Age in Place

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If you’re supporting a loved one in their decision to age in place, or plan to age in place for your own retirement, following these five steps can help keep you safe and healthy. In addition, they help reduce the burden on family caregivers.

Embrace Technology

Technology is a powerful tool for both caregivers and their loved ones. The right devices don’t require any tech-savvy to use them. For example, HandsFree Health’s WellBe voice-controlled smart speaker functions as a healthcare virtual assistant, providing detailed health information, medication reminders, appointment reminders, and more. Technology allows seniors to access the information and assistance required when they need it, eliminating some stress and worry for caregivers who cannot always be there. 

Evaluate the Home 

Many homes do not support the needs of someone facing mobility or cognitive challenges, so your home may need modifications for safety. Remodeling could mean setting up a bathroom with a walk-in shower, extra handrails, or a ramp to the front door. Contact your local area agency to inquire about services to allow individuals to age in place

Prioritize Health

Prioritizing health should become more significant as you or a loved one prepares to age in place. You should compile and organize healthcare information. That way, in a medical event, doctors can react quickly instead of waiting for past health information. WellBe’s Virtual healthcare assistant and accompanying app make compiling and organizing a simple task. In addition to having healthcare information on hand, plan for exercise. Regular exercise reduces the effects of aging and prolongs a healthy, active lifestyle. To assist you or a loved one in sticking to an exercise plan, the WellBe smartwatch monitors steps and heart rate. 

Plan for Daily Tasks

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Driving may not always be possible. Have a plan to manage transportation for shopping, doctor’s appointments, and other excursions. Also, determine how you or your loved ones will handle basic activities like chores and personal care. Many seniors who do not need full-time care still benefit from in-home assistance.

Get Support

Both caregivers and their loved ones need support for successful aging in place. To reap the benefits of aging in place, seniors need access to tools that can help them stay engaged and keep in touch with loved ones. For example, a WellBe smart speaker offers entertainment options and can contact friends and family with a simple voice command. 

Get What You Need From HandsFree Health

Aging in place does not have to be worrisome or stressful. You can enjoy peace of mind, and the benefits of growing old at home, with a solid plan and a little help from technology. Download our complimentary guide for aging in place or shop now to start feeling safer and more secure today.

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