According to an AARP survey of U.S. seniors, 90 percent said that they wanted to continue living in their homes as they aged.
It’s understandable why seniors prefer to age in place. Their homes offer stability, familiarity and independence. Seniors don’t have to worry about moving to a new location, making new friends or adapting to a new environment.
But how realistic is aging at home, really? Once seniors require more assistance or care, is living at home even an option?
Realistically, the majority of seniors will require assistance with their daily activities as they grow older. In fact, the government estimates that approximately 70 percent of people who reach the age of 65 will eventually need long-term care.
Since most senior adults wish to remain at home, it is encouraging to learn that nearly every senior can remain at home for their entire life. Assistance from home care organizations can be key to allowing aging adults to age in place. Did you know that some home care agencies can provide care ranging from companion, to Certified Nursing Aides, to Skilled Nurses? This means that even aging adults who need IVs, Ventilators, injections, wound care and more skilled care can remain at home!
Luckily, aging at home is possible. If it’s something that you and your loved one feel strongly about, there are steps you can take to make it a realistic option. Let’s explore further.
Cost of Care
In-home care can be offered as much or as little as you need. In the beginning, your loved one may only need a companion a couple days a week or a ride to the grocery store. Over time, they will probably require more services.
On average, agencies charge anywhere from $18 to $25 an hour for companions or Certified Nursing Aides. Besides using their savings or retirement funds, Long Term Care Insurance pays for in-home care. Reverse mortgages are also popular for some seniors, but should be thoroughly investigated prior to using a reverse mortgage.
Another way to make aging at home realistic is to create a safe home. Slips and falls are some of the most preventable causes of injury for seniors.
If you want to keep your parent at home, make the appropriate modifications. Place anti-skid mats under rugs, install adequate lighting, tuck back cords and other tripping hazards, add handlebars in the bathrooms and more.
If you would like to learn more about arranging for in-home care for your loved one, contact Family Private Care today.