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Aging In Place Helps Many Seniors Stay At Home

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - October 25, 2011

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There is no escaping all the “curveballs” that life can throw your way. At times it feels as though you’ve got the world on a string while at other times it feels like everyone is conspiring against you! As we grow older, more challenges out of our control begin to crop up. These are often associated with our own physical and mental well-being. Try as we might, we just can’t slow down that aging clock.

With the baby boomer generation heading into retirement, focus is now shifting in the healthcare arena towards more comprehensive senior care options. If given the choice, we’d all like to stay in our own homes during our retirement. The concept of “aging in place” is allowing that to happen for many seniors.

Working with In-Home Care

The transition to needing assistance can be a gradual one. It might start with increasing difficulty with getting around the house. Restrictions with driving can also hamper a senior’s ability to accomplish all they want to do in any given day. When these challenges become too much to cope with, families are adopting the principles of aging in place to help with their loved one’s care.

The first option would be for the family members to take on the add responsibilities of caring for their senior loved ones. If there is a large family in place then these duties can be split up so no one member feels over extended. However, if family help isn’t practical then considering hiring in-home care could be the way to go. There are many independent agencies that specialize in placing qualified caregivers into a home. They even have their own name: Certified Aging in Place Specialists or CAPS. These specialists are also being regulated by each state’s own certification boards. This is a positive step that can be a great stress reliever all around.

When In-Home Care Might Not Be Enough

In practical terms, this type of assistance is provided at a regular schedule during the week. Often the senior will get the help they need for most of the day but still be left alone at night. That’s when family can check in to see if everything is okay. The next phase of this transition from independent living to living with assistance depends on how the senior is managing.

If the physical and mental challenges continue to worsen, it might be time to make the transition into a more around the clock care type of environment. This could mean making the transition into assisted living or a residential care home. Both of these options still provide the senior with a sense of their own “space” but allows them to be in an environment where trained medical staff is just a few steps away at any given time during the day or night.

This all comes down to matter of quality of life. Where is the best environment for your loved one to maintain that quality of life? The answer to that question should inform all your decisions.

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