5 Things to Consider as You Prepare to Age in Place

February 15, 2019 | BY PHS Staff

We know that there are plenty of things to consider as you prepare to get older. That’s especially true if you’ve decided to age in place, instead of at another facility or group home. Aging in place offers its own advantages, but there are still some preparations you need to make to get the most out of it. At Preferred HealthStaff we want our clients to stay safe, happy, and fulfilled, and taking some extra time to prepare to age in place can help.

Renovations for Your Home

Consider Potential Limitations

It’s important to consider what kinds of renovations you might need to make to your home as you prepare to age in place. You need to think about mobility and how you could potentially be impaired at your age. You want to know that your home is safe and that you can avoid potentially deadly falls or accidents as you get older.

Steps to Take

That means installing safety bars in the shower or even redesigning your shower and adding amenities like seats. A showerhead that can be adjusted easily is also important. It could allow you to bathe yourself for longer as you age in place, without the need to bring in your in home care provider every time. You even might want to swap out door knobs for levers, which could be easier to operate for older people who suffer from joint problems.

What Services You Might Need

Aging in place doesn’t just require at home caregivers who see to your medical needs. As you prepare to age in place, it’s important to plan and see if other services might be needed. Our in home care services, for example, also include homemaker services, like laundry, cooking, or housework. We offer transportation and errand services in addition to our in home support as well. When you’re planning to age in place, think about how active you plan to be and see what other help you might need from an at home care provider.

How You’ll Take Care of Your Home

As you get older, it will be harder to keep up on the cleaning and home maintenance activities that you handle today. Do you have help from a friend or relative? If not, you may want to look into our homemaker services or our grounds maintenance services. Our age in place home care goes above and beyond to provide the extra services that you may need.

Prepare Your Finances

If you decide to age at home, you’ll want to make sure that your finances are in order. We’re not just talking about paying for at home care services. You need to know how much you have and who can help you manage it as you get older. You want someone you can trust and rely on as you potentially lose the ability to handle financial planning as competently on your own.

Your Connections and Social Life

You also want to consider how to keep up a social life as you age in place. Fortunately, we offer transportation services and can drop you off to meet with friends or attend events.

Your Age in Place Experts in Pennsylvania

If you have any more questions about how to prepare for aging in place, don’t hesitate to call us at 866-943-9791. All of us here at Preferred HealthStaff look forward to helping you.