Aging in place means having access to the services and support your loved one needs to live safely and independently in the home for as long as you wish or are able. In order to achieve this goal, you must plan ahead.
It can be difficult to know where to start when making these decisions for the future. At Home Care by ALTRES Medical, we believe in educating our community about what to consider when it comes to aging in place. Here are a few tips to get you headed in the right direction.
Have the conversation
Your interest in this topic means you’re already on the right track. Have the conversation with your family so that everyone is on the same page. When approaching this subject with your kupuna, position the conversation as a planning session to identify their goals for the future. Help them understand that making plans now will benefit your ohana down the line and make the process easier for everyone.
Evaluate current and future needs
If you plan too far in advance, you won’t be able to predict your loved one’s specific health needs. However, what are some general areas that may be of concern? What about the home environment, the support system available, transportation, and finances? Assess those situations as they currently stand and assess what they might look like in the future.
Once you’ve taken stock of your loved one’s needs, you’ll be better equipped to learn about the options available and what will work best for your family’s situation. This is when you should reach out to local home care providers and learn about their services. Ask about cost, qualifications, and what a partnership would look like on a day-to-day basis. Regarding services, find out the various types of care they provide, how they verify the skills of their caregivers, how care is managed, and what their minimum number of care hours are.
As your loved one ages, you’ll both have a lot of decisions to make. Learning your full range of options when it comes to home care and the benefits this type of care provides, will help make these decisions easier in the future.