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This is a common theme as we move forward with an aging population. The good news is that with the right support and planning that is exactly what many older adults are already doing successfully. The new terminology for staying in your own home as you get older is called “aging in place.”

Aging at home is the preferred way to retire for most older adults because they can:

  • Continue to live in their own home
  • Keep housing costs low by staying in a home they own
  • Enjoy familiar surroundings with their belongings
  • Safety in a familiar place they know
  • Stay connected to their local community
  • Socialize with neighbours they already know
  • Avoid the stress of moving and relocating

Planning is also hard because you never know how or when your needs might change. The first step is to think about the kind of help you want shortly: think 6 months to one year.  Even if you don’t need help right now, things can change suddenly as we age or have increasing medical needs.

Aging at home can also be preferable from a financial perspective. By staying at home, costs are kept lower as older adults and their families do not need to relocate or pay for extra services and accommodation at a new facility. But there are additional costs to consider.

 Just a few things to consider when looking forward:

  • Medical conditions you currently have and what home care support you might require
  • Household chores: lawn care, snow removal, home maintenance
  • Meal preparation support
  • Healthcare and personal care needs increasing
  • Decluttering, downsizing
  • Other aging at home supports

As time progresses, there may be some additional considerations. Reduced mobility, personal care, transportation, medication support, meals, and safety concerns tend to be at the top of the list for needing additional support.

Lastly, aging in place can be a worry for your children. Planning and having open discussions with adult children can help to ease their concerns for your safety and well-being.

Planning early and receiving a Home Safety Assessment is a great place to start!

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