More and more people are choosing to stay at home for as long as they can rather than moving to senior communities. With the right help, you can. Here is more information on aging on site from the National Institute on Aging.
Aging in place means staying at home as you get older, even if you or your friends and family have concerns about safe travel and daily activities. With just a few changes and a lot of planning, you can achieve your goal of aging at home.
Even if you never know how your needs might change, you have to think about how you want to live in the future. Start your planning by looking at what illnesses you or your spouse or anyone living with you may have. These include things like diabetes, emphysema, and other chronic health issues. Talk to your health care providers about the progression of these conditions and the prognosis of friends or family so you know what to expect.
There are many home services that you can now get to help you live independently longer. This includes the personal care of an assistant, friend or family member for tasks such as bathing, washing hair or dressing. You can also get help with household chores such as housework, gardening, grocery shopping, and laundry. Look for services that will deliver your groceries, and some gardening or other household services offer discounts for seniors.
Look for senior centers or places of worship that serve regular meals and go there to eat instead of eating alone at home. You can take the opportunity to socialize and make new friends. Another option is to ask friends or family to bring you a healthy meal a few times a week or to opt for a meal delivery service to bring hot meals to your home. Meals on Wheels is also a great option in Rhode Island.
If you live with someone who works outside the home, consider adult day care for seniors who need help taking care of themselves. Sometimes these centers will also pick you up and take you home in the evening. Respite services can provide your caregiver with a temporary overnight getaway.