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Aging-in-Place

That’s the current in-phrase to describe what most Americans want to do – stay at home even in face of challenges from aging, disability of disease. Upward of 90% claim this is their goal.

Aging in Place is distinctly possible, but it doesn’t happen accidentally. It takes some planning. Some areas that need to be considered:

  1. Aging in Place - Home Care by Interim HealthCareWhat are my goals and dreams and have I discussed them with my family? This discussion ranges from living preferences to end of life matters. Have these discussions before it’s a crisis. Many resources are available at www.aarp.org. For discussions about your end of life wishes you might want to use the Five Wishes program at www.agingwithdignity.org.
  2. Look at what it will take to stay where you are.Can you modify your house to make it safe and navigable? Can you hire some services done that help you stay at home safely and independently?
  3. Be open-minded about what “in place” might mean. Maybe it’s a smaller house or apartment that doesn’t require as much upkeep. Maybe it’s a granny flat with one of your children.
  4. Get help achieving your goals. There are senior-focused companies that have services to help you achieve your goals. They can help you evaluate your living choices and make modifications, they can help you through the process of downsizing.

For a good general discussion of the topic, you might want to read the Wikipedia article: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aging_in_Place.

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