Independent Living Solutions For Those Wanting To Age At Home11 minute read

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Updated for December, 2018

Our homes hold so much near and dear to us. It’s a familiar space that we associate with memories from younger years—it’s time spent with family and loved ones and where we spend our daily lives. It’s a source of comfort and a part of who we are. Indeed, most seniors would prefer to maintain their independence and continue living at home as long as they possible as they age. Luckily, there are many options, services, and helpful solutions available to help us stay independent as we age at home. Read on to learn more about what types of independent living solutions can help.

senior friends messing around outdoors

A part of independent living as we age at home doesn’t mean we have to do it all ourselves.

Senior citizens learning how to use technology

Technology geared towards helping seniors’ daily lives is a growing segment that promises to provide solutions specific to senior needs and maintain a decent quality of life. Any assistive technology device or gadget that makes life easier or more efficient can be a solution to independent living.
Security, mobility, and health are top concerns for seniors when considering aging at home. Technological products that provide additional safety and security, in an easy-to-use manner are a great addition to a senior’s home. You may consider investing in one of the following items to support you in independent living:

Home alarm system (provide peace of mind and security if you feel vulnerable to intruders)

Medical alert systems (24/7 emergency contact, fall-detection will provide added security in the event of a medical emergency or fall)

Medical tracking gadgets (mobile devices that allow medical feedback and, in some cases, fall detection so you can still stay independent but feel safe knowing someone will come and assist if needed)

Cell phones or tablets (staying in contact with family, friends, and loved ones while you are out and about, provides added security as well as staying connected to the outside world)

Home or office security

Medication dispensing systems (takes the worry and fuss out of medication organizing and administration so you don’t overdose or forget to take your medication)

A 2017 survey revealed that almost one-third of seniors have no emergency savings and 70 percent have less than six months of savings

Health visitor and a senior woman during home visit

A part of independent living as we age at home doesn’t mean we have to do it all ourselves. Even if you’ve modified your home, assistive technology and devices, use products that are adapted and specialized for seniors and you’ve figured out how to get around and get to your appointment and do your errands, you may still need to get some extra help.

The important thing to remember is to enjoy your golden years and sometimes it’s just a better solution to get someone to help so we are free to focus on the things we enjoy and can do. Depending on what you need help with there are many caregivers that specialize in assisting the elderly in their own homes.

Here are some of the options available to you when thinking about the type of help you may require.

Private caregivers, otherwise known as private duty in-home caregivers, live-in caregivers, and private duty companions, specialize in assisting seniors in their everyday lives. They can assist with the everyday type of tasks such as:

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Cooking

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Housework (dusting, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, laundry, washing the dishes, etc.)

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Personal grooming and hygiene assistance

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Running errands or accompanying you when you go grocery shopping or need to pick up your medications, visiting the post office, library, etc.

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Driving you to various appointments

Health visitor and a senior woman during home visit

If a health situation becomes an important issue and you wish to remain at home, an in-home nurse or home health nurse can be an independent living solution. They are licensed and certified registered nurses skilled at treating seniors in the comfort of their own homes. Usually, under the prescription of a doctor, these medical caregivers provide the medical therapy and monitoring necessary to maintain health stabilization or recovery.

Assistance with medication administration, medical monitoring, and reporting to your physician along with skilled medical care and companionship are the true benefits an in-home nurse can provide. Often, there is medical coverage for such assistance, especially if prescribed by your physician and the healthcare agency is certified and following coverage guidelines. Other types of caregiving can include a family caregiver or homemaker/companion where they can assist with the daily living activities (non-medical).

Getting in-home assistance from a caregiver is a great independent living solution because it can provide so much to the overall quality of life. Not only does it minimize physical burden, stress, and risk of injury related to chores, but it gives you more personal time, can relieve the burden on friends and family as well as providing helpful reliable companionship.

Aging at home involves a bit of planning, but getting solutions in place is well worth the effort so you can truly get the most out of your senior years.

There are many solutions allowing independent living for those who want to age at home. Whether it’s technology, home renovations, senior-friendly accessories and products, friends, family, senior-groups and organizations, private caregiving options, there are choices! Ultimately anything that allows one to stay in their own home and maintain the independent lifestyle they treasure is an independent living solution.

We’ve touched on a few above but the right mix for you is something you and your family, your physician, and your friends and peers can help you with as you plan and organize for independent living as you age. Aging at home involves a bit of planning, but getting solutions in place is well worth the effort so you can truly get the most out of your senior years.

Sources:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/geeta-nayyar-md/caregiving-5-ways-to-help-elderly-age-independently_b_2878966.html
https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/aging-place-growing-old-home
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/alzheimers-dementia-aging/senior-housing.htm
https://www.seniorguidance.org/senior-living/how-to-choose-an-independent-living-community/