Things for seniors to consider staying at home as they get older

These are the times when so many older adults prefer to stay home as they get older. According to recent studies, “nearly 90 percent of seniors want to continue living at home as they get older.”

Many have lived in their homes for decades. They raised families there, made friends, and established roots in their communities. They know the location of the land in their area. They feel comfortable around.

I have often heard the term, aging is not for the faint hearted. You may have aches and pains, your vision may decrease, you may not have as much energy as you used to. You can’t do the same things you did when you were younger or you just don’t want to keep doing them. Having said all that, it doesn’t mean you want to move to a retirement community. Maybe you’d rather stay at home.

There are a number of things to keep in mind so that you can continue to live comfortably and safely at home for many years to come.

Support

There are different types of support that we as human beings need at all stages of our lives. If you decide to stay at home, support can mean different things. A solid support system includes the following:

  • Sufficient income to cover expenses – rent/mortgage, taxes, insurance, home maintenance, medical bills, prescriptions, home care, hobbies, etc.

  • Family and friends – they are a crucial part of your support system. Socializing with your peeps goes a long way in keeping you in good health both physically and mentally. They may be able to help you with some things around the house so you don’t have to hire services. Or they can recommend good quality service providers. They are there for you if you need someone to talk to and vice versa. We all need companions to go for a walk with, have dinner with, watch a movie or plan a trip, or so many other things.

  • Quality health care – if you don’t already have a primary care provider, reach out to friends and family for recommendations. Even if you don’t need a GP just yet, it’s better to have someone lined up for you if you need one.

Safety

If you stay at home, make sure your home is both comfortable and safe to maneuver during your daily activities. There are companies that you can hire to assess your needs and based on their assessment make recommendations to modify your existing home. Here are some points of interest that are relatively inexpensive:

  • Remove any throw rugs, or make sure the edges are under heavy furniture so they don’t slip and become a tripping hazard.

  • Install grab bars in bathrooms in the shower and near the toilet.

  • Replace handles on doors and faucets that are more comfortable for you.

  • Install light-activated night lights around the house.