Regaining Independence in 8 Easy Steps

Aging in place is a tremendous opportunity for seniors whether they are already living in a nursing home or just being faced with the decision. The best part is, enjoying the quality of life aging in place offers does not have to be difficult. Simply follow these eight (8) steps to get started (some steps may overlap).

1. Seek expert advice. While aging in place offers a much better alternative to nursing homes, it still requires some amount of preparation. Seniors may have to give up the freedom of living alone if they need round-the-clock care or they may have to adjust to the idea of having a day-time caregiver.

Those who are accustomed to doing everything for themselves may still view this as an intrusion, so seniors and their love ones should have an open and meaningful discussion within the family as well as with an expert.

2. Do an assessment to see what is required in order to start aging in place. There are some general requirements, but much of the changes implemented will be specific to each senior’s needs combined with what the family can afford. Possible requirements include:

  • Home modification
  • In-home caregivers (whether full or part time)
  • Physical therapy and other targeted health sessions
  • Assistive tools and technologies
  • A medical alert/personal alarm system
  • A schedule of tasks to help the family keep track of who does what and when.

3. Prioritize requirements and create a plan to ensure the most important ones are fulfilled first. Depending on the situation, seniors and their family may have to consider the ones that are easier to achieve. However, the general rule is to start with the most critical things on the list.

4. Make a budget to see how much money is available in general. Then, look at how much the family may be able to spend on each requirement.

5. Do research on all possible assistance and benefits. It may take some effort, but starting with government sites can help to simplify the search. Once the necessary programs are found, make contact to gain a complete understanding of the benefits and eligibility requirements.

Be sure to ask about exceptions or alternatives where eligibility cannot be met. Where eligibility has been met, get started as soon as possible and ensure that all waiting/grace periods are taken into consideration.

6. Shop around for affordable care solutions where necessary. The assistance you find in Step 5 may eliminate this step but if it does not, try to find a care solution that offers affordability without skimming on quality. As a general rule, pay keen attention to sponsored programs geared towards affordable aged care.

7. Start implementing the necessary changes in stages. This is where the plan created in Step 3 will come in handy.

8. Make adjustments to the overall plan as needed. There is always the possibility that some things will not go as planned, so keep this in mind. Remember, the sooner adjustments are made, the less delays there will be. This is especially important since delays could be costly depending on what needs to be revised.

Access Homes can help take the hassle out of home modification to help seniors regain and/or maintain mobility and independence.




Posted by admin on Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:03


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