It’s one of the most common request an adult child will hear from a parent: I never want to end up in a facility, I want to stay at home.
Yet when parents’ health begins to fail, and the worry begins causing problems in a variety of ways, adult children often feel the only option is to move a parent to a facility, where they know they will be kept safe, and they can have peace of mind.
But is it always the best choice?
There’s no denying that Baby Boomers are changing the approach to aging. And with that, we are also changing our concept of what it means to slow down. Staying at home, no matter what type of healthcare is needed, can provide a lot more freedom and flexibility to both an aging parent, and to you, a child worried about safety and security.
Maybe the best choice truly is keeping them at home.
Staying in the home allows for maximum freedom. Remaining at home allows a person to engage in daily routines they are accustomed to, provides a less restrictive environment, and allows a person to receive only the care they truly need.
Staying in the home can enhance safety. People always feel safest at home, it’s a place they are familiar with day and night. While people may feel safer and more comfortable at home, there are things you may have to do to ensure safety overall. Aging in place technology is at an all time high, with many options being brought to market every day. With a few changes to the home environment, home can continue to be one of the safest places to be for many years to come.
Staying in the home promotes healing. Living in familiar surroundings gives a person hope and a reason to live. When a person is happy, in many cases they have more reasons to try.
Staying in the home gives aging adults control. When a person is at home, they can help choose the best care for their situation while still feeling in control of their daily lives. Even having a choice over what to have for dinner can add strength and freedom to a person’s willpower.
Staying in the home means personalized care. Instead of taking a package plan offered by a facility, staying in the home means selecting only the services you truly need. Those needs can change as frequently as necessary to support great living.
Staying in the home means remaining a part of the community. Especially as we age, we begin enjoying more of what the community has to offer. We enjoy our weekly breakfasts with friends, the neighborhood grocery store. By remaining a part of the community, it allows us to feel more connected with a sense of purpose.
Planning for future long term needs isn’t something you should wait until an emergency situation forces you to make a decision. Instead, begin the conversation early enough to weigh your options. By being prepared and knowing what services are available to you, you can make thoughtful and knowledgeable decisions that will give you and your loved ones better quality of life overall.