Aging in place is a common goal for seniors, but it’s not always something that’s possible. If your elderly family member has expressed this goal, you need to have a conversation and these questions can help.
How Do You Feel about Your Current Home?
Does your senior love her home? And if so, does she love it because she’s lived there for a long time and there are lots of happy memories, or is there something else at play? It’s really important for you to have a full understanding about how your elderly family member feels about her home because you need to know it’s more than just where she keeps her stuff. She may have deep ties to her home that you don’t completely understand just yet.
Is There Anything That’s Difficult for You to Do at Home?
Your elderly family member might not have thought to mention that it’s difficult sometimes to get to the basement to do laundry, for instance. Or she might find that keeping up with all the cleaning tasks is difficult. Bringing in home care providers can help a lot, but there may be more going on. Until you dig deeper into the question, you don’t know for sure.
If You Had to Move, Would that Be a Problem?
Just in case, you need to broach the subject of moving. Your senior may be able to age in place just fine, but it helps to have contingency plans. What does she already know or feel about the idea of moving? If she has had a plan in the back of her mind already, now is the time to share it with you.
Do You Feel Safe at Home?
Your biggest concern as your senior’s family caregiver is her safety. Talk to her about how safe she feels at home. This involves not only her physical safety, but also her emotional and mental safety. If people have moved into the neighborhood and they make her feel uncomfortable, she may not feel as safe as she once did. It’s worth asking, even just to see her reaction so that you can go from there.
When you understand why your senior wants to age in place and you have an idea how prepared she is to do so, that gives you a better basis for the plan. Having a plan for aging in place is vital, so don’t skip that step.
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