Checklist: 8 Steps to Ensure Successful Aging in Place
Would you or your loved one prefer to retain independence and age in place rather than live at a nursing facility?
You are not alone. Successful aging in place is becoming more and more common. Just as the global population of older adults is growing at an unprecedented pace, so is the same population group in the United States.
Demand for Aging In Place Options
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American 65 and older population is expected to double over the next thirty years – from 48 million to nearly 90 million. Furthermore, global life expectancy is projected to extend an additional eight years within the same period.
It comes as no surprise then that these demographic shifts have created demand for aging in place options. And with the call for older adult independence, comes the need to create a plan that includes the support and resources to address specific individual needs holistically to age in place.
Here is a checklist of 8 steps to create a solid plan that ensures successful aging in place:
♦ 1. Round-Up Important Information
Make a list of all assets, income, and expenses. Do the finances cover all costs of living, including medical? David York Agency has some wonderful tools to help you. Check out our Essential Documents & Emergency Information Workbook and Checklist.
♦ 2. Evaluate your Living Space
Determine if the home is suitable for all age-related needs. Are there any home modifications such as grab bars, walk-in tubs, or stair lifts that need to be made? Below, you’ll find a short list of other common alterations for successful aging in place. David York Agency has a Certified Aging In Place Specialist to elderproof the senior’s home to making it safe to age in place. Also, check out our Elderproofing Your Home Checklist for additional ideas.
- Wheelchair ramps
- Shower transfer benches
- Non-skid strips
- Push-button door openers
- Roll out shelves
- Climate controls.
♦ 3. Assess Your Health Needs and Coverage
Create a list of health issues and necessary medications. Again, our Essential Documents & Emergency Information Workbook and Checklist can help. Does the existing health insurance cover everything? If not, are there any local organizations that can assist with these expenses?
♦ 4. Look Into Home Care
Determine which healthcare services and other types of care are needed at home and which must be conducted a medical facility. Furthermore, assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating are quite common. Additionally, many organizations provide extended assistance with a variety of services from caring for medical devices to grocery shopping. David York Agency can help you determine which types of homecare would be most appropriate for your situation.
♦ 5. Transportation
Define transportation needs. If you are still driving, find out when your license expires as well as what age-appropriate requirements exist to renew. Additionally, make a list of frequent destinations. Do you require public transportation? If so, is it accessible for specific health needs? We have several blog posts discussing this issue: Don’t Take Away My Car Keys Yet!, No More Care for Dad or Mom, Now What?, and Too Old to Drive.
♦ 6. Seek Out Senior Activities
Discover what senior activities are available within the community. Social interaction is key to good health as well as successful aging. Furthermore, be sure to schedule regular entertainment and continuing education as well. Again, our blog is rich with information and ideas. Some posts are: The Importance of Elderly Friendships, The Arts & the Elderly: An Important Connection for Healthy Aging, and Alternative Approach for Managing Dementia: Memory Clubs.
♦ 7. Plan for Every Scenario
Create an advanced care plan with loved ones. End-of-life issues and funeral services are difficult to discuss, but they are a necessary preparation. Check out Anita Kamiel‘s article on Writing An Eldercare Plan for some ideas.
♦ 8. Contact David York Agency for Professional Care
For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, please contact us at 718.376.7755. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.