Like most people, you are already doing a lot to make sure you are healthy and fit as you age at home.
Doing your best to ensure you will be able to enjoy your later years, eating healthy, and exercising as much as you can. You are getting all the screenings and checkups that your doctor recommends and making sure that you have plans in place for any mishaps that might occur along the way.
This article will address just a few things that need consideration, only in case, you might have missed them.
Think carefully about your housing
NORCs or Naturally occurring retirement communities are becoming increasingly popular, mainly because they aren’t like the retirement villages of the past.
They don’t just house seniors even though they are designed with seniors in mind. They are home to a diverse range of age groups. But they are popular with seniors due to the support and coordinated care that they have available.
Make a list
Create a detailed list of everything that you may need, consider the things that are most important to you now that might become less accessible as you are.
- home maintenance
- meal preparation
- dealing with finances
- paying bills
- and more
Asking your family and friends in advance to see if they can help, if not, you might need to consult local elder service providers.
One of the biggest concerns for people who want to age at home is falling. These can lead to injuries and further health problems or in worst-case scenarios, even death. Doing exercises that are designed to improve strength and balance is a good idea.
Prepare your home
Changing your bathroom, replacing doorknobs (or handles), and adding accessible doors, are just some of the things you can do to ensure your home is ready for your decision to age at home. An annual safety review will help you be prepared for this transition
Have an emergency plan
Do you have a schedule in place for people to check in on you regularly? Have a panic button installed in case you cannot reach the phone. Keep a cell phone on you at all times; one designed for the elderly is more desirable. Get your cellphone and home phone programmed to have emergency contacts on speed dial.
These are just some measures that can help you transition to aging safely at home. What is important is keeping an open mind and a willingness to ask for help.