Aging In Place: So many aging adults want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
That’s called aging in place and it isn’t an unrealistic goal. In order to achieve it, though, you and your senior need to be realistic about the entire situation.
Get Crystal Clear about Your Senior’s Needs
If you’re not sure exactly what your senior’s needs are, it’s not so easy to be able to plan for keeping her in her home for as long as possible. Talk with your elderly family member and start keeping some notes of your own. It’s also a good idea to talk to her doctor about what your senior might expect in the future in terms of her needs.
Understand Your Own Limitations
Another vital variable is your own needs and limitations. If you’re not able to do as much as you want to do or as much as your senior needs you to do, that can cause problems for you as a family caregiver. The key is that you need to be able to care for your senior while also caring for yourself and your other obligations.
Look at What You Can Do to Fill the Gap
It’s entirely possible that there’s a gap between what your senior needs and what you can do. If there isn’t a gap now, there may very well be one in the future. Formulating a plan now to fill that gap as soon as it is apparent is going to give you a leg up. Hiring elder care providers is often the best answer because they’ve got the experience that you and your elderly family member can lean on to help her while aging in place.
Check-in with Yourself Periodically
As a busy family caregiver, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t periodically pause and take a moment to reflect on what is happening and what you’re able to handle. Things change with your senior’s health, with your own limitations, and with other circumstances. It’s vital that you’re able to monitor and adjust on the fly and having some time for reflection allows you to do that.
Sometimes no matter how well you and your senior plan, you need to move on to the next option. Even if your senior isn’t able to age in place, it helps if you know you’ve attempted to use all of the different possible solutions.