If you want to remain living in your own home, as independently as possible, you need to make a plan for what is known as Aging in Place. Don’t wait until there is an emergency. Creating a plan now will help prevent the ups and downs of life from robbing you of your independence.
Here are a few things to consider to help you get started with your plan:
. What is the condition of your home? Do small modifications such as lever style door knob extenders, handrails, night lights and extra lighting.
. Where can you find in-home assistance? What does it cost?
. What, if any, are your community options for transportation, adult care services and meal assistance?
. Where do you go to socialize and exercise?
. What if you need personal hygiene assistance? What do you do?
. Would you consider moving? If so, where?
. Where are medical facilities located?
. Are there legal and tax issues that may need to be addressed? Who do you want to be your decision maker if you cannot? Have you communicated your wishes?
. Have you planned ahead financially?
The number of resources out there can be overwhelming! But that is why you need to set aside some time to organize your thoughts, investigate what’s out there, think about your future and find what is comfortable for you or your loved one. It may take several phone calls or Internet searches to find information that is helpful to you. A few places to start on the web include the Family Caregiver Alliance (caregiver.org 800-445-8106), Administration on Aging (aoa.gov, 202-357-3566) and the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org 800-272-3900).
Local resources include the Ohio Area Agencies on Aging (aging.ohio.gov/resources/areaagenciesonaging/) 866-243-5678 and Seniors Helping Seniors in-home assistance at 440-935-3848, 330-388-0166, 419-366-4915 or toll free at 855-747-6446