Let’s face it: The thought of living within a nursing home, or other home out there can be daunting and down right scary. You do not want someone that comes in to check on you at all hours of the day and night, and you do not want to live within a community where you have to check in and check out at all times. You want your freedom, and you want to make sure you keep your independence. While sometimes, nursing homes and those types of facilities can be a great thing for so many seniors; it might not be for you.
So when do you consider aging in place, and whether or not it is going to be something that is possible to do?
Here are some great questions to ask yourself, and then consider your situation on whether or not this is the best solution not only for you, but those around you.
Questions About Aging in Place and if it is Right for You
- Do you have access to emergency services if they are needed quickly? You should have some sort of device, a large phone or a call button on hand in case something does happen and you’re not able to reach a phone in time.
- Are you good at keeping up with your health, and the orders that the doctor has prescribed you? You want to make sure that you’re not neglecting yourself during this journey because you want to ensure that you have everything squared away with your health.
- Do you have family and friends that are nearby that would come over and help you, should you need it? If you have someone close by, this is a good thing since they can ensure that you’re being checked in on and that you have everything that you need. However, if not, it is ideal to speak with a home health aide company that can provide someone for you.
- Is your home equipped with the safety equipment that is needed, so you’re able to easily get around? You need to senior proof your home, to ensure that you’re going to be safe living within your house for the next years to come.
- Lastly, are you suffering from a disease that makes you lose your memory or causes you to have episodes? Generally, those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia shouldn’t live alone, or anyone that might have seizures or other problems. This is because this could happen when someone is not around and not able to assist in the event of an emergency. In this case, there may come a time where aging in place may not be a safe option.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you make a wise decision. Speak with your relatives, children and physician regarding the choice you made on what would be best for you. They should be able to help direct you to the right choice in the end. Pioneer Emergency can also provide the necessary tools to make you successful with aging in place.