As you grow older is your goal to stay in your own home?  Are you familiar with the term, “aging in place”?  It refers to the concept of adults continuing to live in their own homes and communities as they grow older, rather than relocating to assisted living facilities or nursing homes. The concept is to create an environment and implement strategies that support independent living and allow adults to maintain their quality of life while aging.

Where did the idea of “aging in place” come from? It is an idea based on the knowledge that most adults would prefer to remain in familiar surroundings and maintain their autonomy and connection to their community as they age. It encourages the physical, social, and emotional well-being of older adults by enabling them to stay in the homes they have lived in for years, surrounded by their belongings, neighbors, and support networks. The key to success is being able to create an environment that will support your independence, safety, and well-being.  We know that you may have questions on this important topic. We have key tips you will not want to miss to enable you to age in place successfully.

  1. You may need to modify your home. You may need to make modifications to your home to ensure it is safe and accessible. This may include installing grab bars in bathrooms, adding handrails on stairs, widening doorways for wheelchair accessibility, and reducing tripping hazards. You might want to consider consulting with an occupational therapist or a certified aging-in-place specialist for personalized recommendations.
  1. You will need to create a local support network. You probably have a strong support system of family, friends, and neighbors who can assist you. Do not hesitate to share your intentions of aging in place with them and talk about any specific needs or concerns you may have. If you have not done so already, be sure to consider joining local community organizations or senior centers that provide resources and social engagement opportunities. You can also reach out to your local sheriff’s office to establish regular senior well-being check-ins.
  1. Be sure to use technology to help you. With the use of technology you can enhance your safety and well-being. For example, install a medical alert system or wear a personal emergency response pendant that can summon help in case of emergencies. Explore smart home technologies, such as automated lighting or voice-controlled devices, to make daily tasks easier.
  1. You should stay physically active. As much as possible you need to engage in regular physical activity to maintain strength, flexibility, and balance. This can help prevent falls and promote overall health. You should also consider exercises like walking, tai chi, or yoga that are gentle on the joints and can be modified to accommodate different fitness levels.
  1. You need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Try to focus on a nutritious diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle to support your well-being. Be sure to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins and even ask your doctor for specific recommendations based on your current health needs. It is also important that you stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and try to manage your stress effectively. Do not forget that it is essential for you to have regular medical check-ups and also dental, eye or other appointments that are necessary.

As you decide to age in place you want to be sure to plan ahead and be able to adapt to your changing needs over time.  As you meet with professionals in the field of aging, such as your California elder law attorney, they can provide valuable guidance and support throughout the “aging in place” process.

We know this article may raise more questions than it answers. Our office is here for you and your loved ones. Please call us to schedule a meeting time.