We all have to face the challenge of deciding how and where to live as we become older. When it is time for you or your loved one to make this decision, the options may be overwhelming. You may be weighing the pros and cons of assisted living or aging in place.
To help you narrow down your options, you can look at a few different factors that could affect your choice. First, Livestrong recommends contemplating your daily needs
now and in the future. Can you anticipate requiring regular medical care or just help with home upkeep and errands like grocery shopping? Secondly, you will need to consider your budget
. Some housing options are more expensive than others, and it’s important to know how much money you can dedicate to housing.
With those concerns in mind, here are a few of the most popular housing options available so you can make an informed decision about your next steps.
Assisted living is a great option for seniors that need more attentive care than is provided in an independent living situation. Generally, if an older adult can still get around independently but requires help with the activities of daily living (laundry, housekeeping, meals, transportation arrangements), then assisted living is a perfect choice. Additionally, assisted living communities provide you with a chance to socialize with other members of the community through group activities and events. This is a huge benefit for ensuring you don’t find yourself isolated and lonely, which is a considerable health risk.
Nursing homes should be considered when you realize you can no longer take care of your day-to-day activities and need more consistent, around-the-clock care. Nursing homes provide skilled medical care to their residents 24 hours a day. If you or a loved one are in the beginning stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
, a nursing home is the best option for future care and well-being. When considering Tampa-area nursing homes, read reviews and carefully research costs so you can gauge affordability
and which types of amenities are offered.
Aging In Place
Aging in place usually means one stays where they are living, but can sometimes include moving in with a close friend or relative. If you expect to be mostly independent, this is a good option. Additionally, you can consider aging in place if someone will be available to help with any daily activities you have trouble with on your own. If family or friends are unavailable, you can hire in-home
caregiving professionals to assist with daily tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, or administering medications.
Aging in place can sometimes require moderate home repairs or renovations
to prevent injuries. If you’re prone to accidents that can cause injury, or if you live in a multilevel house and cannot use stairs, you may need to consider downsizing. When this happens, it is vital to research these three things:
- How much you expect to get from selling your older adult’s home.
- How much you can expect to pay for a smaller, more accessible home in your area and what you can realistically afford.
- What adjustments you might need for a safe, secure living environment.
When your senior loved one can no longer age in place, be sure to reach out to the real estate professionals at the Jennifer Fieo Team
to help sell their home and maximize its selling price.
Making the Decision
If you are facing the choice of where to live in your later years, it's difficult to know where to start. Talking to your doctor about what your current and future medical conditions may be is a great place to start when deciding which direction to take. Medicare suggests getting a home evaluation
to assess your needs and how your home can be changed or modified to meet them. Whatever you decide, it is important to arm yourself with the right information so you know you get the best care possible.