You or your senior might believe at a certain point that she really should move, whether that’s in with you or somewhere she can get more hands-on care. But she may not want that at all. Does she have to move?
Aging in Place Is Definitely an Option
Your elderly family member has likely been aging in place for many years already, but without putting a name to the event. Aging in place simply means that your elderly family member continues along in her home as she has been. She may need modifications to her home or additional assistance, though, in order to continue living in her home on her own.
Investigate What’s Available
When it comes to aging in place gracefully, your senior may have far more options available to her than either of you realize. Local agencies and groups may have services available that can assist your elderly family member and yourself in keeping her safe and well as she ages in place. Knowing about these options is often the biggest hurdle to enlisting their assistance.
Look at What Your Senior Needs
Examine what your elderly family member needs right now in the way of help, too. For now, she may only need light assistance with household tasks like vacuuming and laundry. Later she may need help running errands and with transportation to help her to gracefully give up driving. Home care providers may be the solution when your senior’s needs change to that stage, because they can offer you more predictable help than friends and family members might be able to offer.
Talk to Your Senior about What She Really Wants
Remember to keep your senior involved in this conversation. Find out what she really wants and how long she wants to age in place. There may be a time at which her health changes to the extent that she wants the option of living with family or moving to another option. If you’ve taken the time to have this important talk with each other, you can get a better idea what she wants as well as what she needs. This can help her to feel that you really do care what she wants, too.
Your elderly family member may not have to worry about moving at all, but it takes some conversation between you and her to determine for certain what she needs and wants. Once you clear that hurdle, you can put solutions in place that help to meet both her needs and her expectations.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Robbinsville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.