Healthy at Home: The Ins and Outs of Senior Home Care
Cheese, wine, and people all get better with age. Unfortunately, some tasks around the house only get harder as the years slowly tick by. In-home care can be the answer to making your living space age as gracefully as you.
Benefits of In-Home Care
When you hire an in-home care assistant, you give yourself the security of knowing someone will be there to check in on you and help you out when you need it. Assistants can keep track of medications so you don’t have to, as well as provide nutrition guidance to make sure you’re eating the best foods. Depending on the level of in-home care, they may even be able to help with various chores around the house.
What’s more, you also get the comfort and individuality that come from being in your own home. Whether you make your current home more accessible or move to a more senior-friendly space, you’ll be able to make the space your own.
Modifying Your Home
There are several ways you can update and modify your home to make things easier for yourself. For example, if you have a bi-level house, chair lifts and in-home elevators can make getting up and down the stairs less challenging.
It can also be useful to make some updates to your bath or shower. Slips and falls are one of the most dangerous risks for seniors, and a slick, wet shower floor is a serious hazard. Consider non-slip flooring and in-shower seating options to make showers and baths safer and easier.
Other home modifications that may make your house easier to use and navigate include handrails, ramps, and intercoms. Be sure to have any safety modifications installed by a professional – a loose handrail is more dangerous than no handrail at all.
Purchasing a New, Senior-Ready Home
If your current home needs more modifications than you want to make, you can also consider moving to a more senior-friendly house. Ranch homes are a great option for seniors since they don’t usually have much in the way of stairs. You should also keep trip hazards, lighting, and easy-to-use hardware as you look at potential new homes.
Another option for seniors you may not have considered: tiny homes. These trendy, super-small living spaces have made headlines for their popularity with the 30-something demographic, but they make a lot of sense for older people as well. They’re often simple, one-floor living spaces with lots of options for customization. Because of their size, it’s often possible to set a tiny home up on the same property as a family member — meaning you can be close to your loved ones while still easily maintaining your independence.
If you decide to buy a new house, it’s important to know how much house you can afford. Figuring this out on your own can be complicated, but there are online affordability calculators that can help. These will help you to see what your monthly mortgage payment will look like based on the cost of the home, your down payment, and other financial factors.
Considering Assisted Living
Although there are many ways to make in-home care work for you, it’s always possible that it isn’t your best option. In some situations, the cost of updating a home or buying a safer space outweighs the cost of simply moving into an assisted living facility.
These kinds of homes offer myriad benefits beyond simply access to care. When you live in assisted living, you get built-in access to a community of your peers. Frequent socialization is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy as you get older. Assisted living facilities offer exercise classes, hobby groups, and other opportunities to expand your horizons.
Finding Your Best Fit
There are many different things to consider when it comes to senior care, but remember: There is no single right or wrong answer. Discussing your options with loved ones, trusted friends, and medical providers can help you to figure out which choice is best for you.
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