Today more people are opting to remain in their own homes as they age, rather than moving into an assisted living facility or choosing another long-term care arrangement. Aging in place has many advantages, such as reduced costs and a more comfortable living environment. While independent living can also present some challenges, with some adjustments to your home and routine, it’s possible to live safely and happily throughout your golden years.
How to Age in Place Safely and Comfortably
1. Get Comfortable With Technology
An array of apps and devices can be invaluable to independent living, allowing you to stay in touch with family and friends, get emergency help, manage your medication, control the lights and temperature in your home, and even stay entertained. Consider investing in a high-quality tablet or smartphone to take advantage of these options. You might even consider installing special motion sensors or cameras in your home so your loved ones can check in or be alerted immediately if there’s an issue.
2. Make Mealtime Easier
Maintaining a healthy diet can be challenging for seniors, who often don’t want to cook for just themselves. They may eat least or rely on unhealthy processed foods. To ensure a healthy diet, consider a program like Meals on Wheels®, which delivers healthy meals daily, or subscription meal services that deliver prepared ingredients ready to cook. Many grocery stores also deliver, so consider using those services to ensure you always have plenty of fresh food on hand.
3. Make Your Home Safer
If you will be living alone, it’s a good idea to evaluate your home (perhaps with the help of a loved one, social worker, or home care provider) for any potential dangers and make adjustments to ensure your safety. This might include installing grab bars in the bathroom, installing a walk-in tub, removing slippery area rugs that can be a trip hazard, setting up faucets and handles that are easier to manage, or adding ramps to make coming in and out easier. Even just rearranging cabinets and closets to make items easier to access can help improve safety.
4. Ask for Help
Successful independent living doesn’t mean that you should handle everything on your own. In fact, it’s important to stay in contact with others to prevent issues like social isolation and mental effects that can accompany it. Having trouble with certain tasks, such as bathing or cooking, doesn’t mean you can’t successfully age in place. Arranging for help, whether from loved ones or professional caregivers, can make all the difference and help you stay at home safely.
Successful independent living is possible if your loved one has all of the resources they need, including help with daily activities. If you or a loved one needs assistance with anything from managing medication and bathing to regular companionship, the compassionate caregivers of Visiting Angels Toms River can help. Serving the Toms River, NJ, area, they provide senior care and respite care. To learn more, visit them online or call (732) 240-1050.