How to Assess Aging in Place as an Option for seniors
Aging in place means that the seniors have a choice of living in their homes for as long as they want to. Aging in place is an option that seniors have when considering how they want to spend their old age. This option requires planning in advance because of the financial and psychological implications that might affect a senior.
Most houses are not built with features needed by seniors for aging in place and the few senior friendly houses available are surrounded by a community that is not fit for a senior. After getting a home there are some remodeling changes that are needed to make the place suitable. And with time you realize that your needs might change and regular fixing is needed to meet your needs. Here are few things to consider before going for this option of housing.
Assistive technology which is readily available and are safe for seniors to use. The devices should be simple and should be taken based on their functions.
Community is very important especially when there are resources and facilities such as recreational facilities available for use in the surroundings. These features should positively impact the quality of a senior’s life.
Healthcare It is important to what is the quality of service offered in the nearest medical facility? How accessible is this medical facility? Which are the means of transport available to the medical facility? What hours and days is the medical facility functional? When considering aging in place have your health care planned out.
Finances and legal preparations A senior needs to prepare in finances and legal terms to have a peace of mind. Legal preparations can include also the writing of a will to avoid a senior stressing when they have ill health and cannot make decisions independently.
Some areas to remodel in aging in place are
Should be the first place to remodel, this is because most activities of daily living take place here and safety should be a top priority. The space for working should also be considered.
This is another place that takes up most of the time during the day. Danger in this room is inevitable so safety, lighting and non-slip surfaces should be considered and prioritized.
Laundry seems like a burden to most people and for seniors and those physically challenged this is a real challenge. Most people prefer to do their laundry themselves because some laundry facilities may lack crucial amenities for use.
Most time is spent in the bedroom resting so it is only fair to make the room very comfortable and peaceful for a senior, to achieve total relaxation.
Plan to reduce the maintenance outside the house to avoid it becoming a burden. Install simple exterior designs which will need less effort in maintaining.
This area should be specific to the parking where a senior can easily access their vehicle and find it easygoing out and parking in.
The common areas
These areas should be easily accessible, well lit and safe to use, free from clutter.