Aging in Place: 3 Questions to Ask When Considering This Option for Aging Parents by Debbie Howard
A recent AARP study found that 90 percent of those older than 65 hope they can “age in place,” receiving the care they may need in their own dwelling, as opposed to moving to an assisted living or nursing home facility. Asking the right questions – and making decisions before there is a problem – is a great way to get ahead of the curve. Whether your loved one wishes to stay in their current home or is considering a new independent living option, here are three important questioning areas:
- What modifications should be made to make the dwelling safer and more “aging-friendly?” Here’s a great article by a home builder that outlines some key considerations for age-proofing a home.
- Are the dwelling’s “emergency alert” systems up to date and operating properly (smoke detector alarms, emergency alert button or cord in bath/shower, personal alert pendant/bracelet, etc.)?
- What types of support services are available in close proximity to the dwelling (doctors, emergency services and easy access to groceries and other daily living needs)?