One of the toughest decisions involved in making a long-term care plan is figuring out where you will live. Regardless of what option you choose, it’s important you are comfortable and confident in your decision. For many older adults, this means staying in their home as long as possible. While there are plenty of services and support systems that make staying at home a great option, you want to make sure your home will continue to suit your needs as you age.
Even though it’s challenging, try to look at your home as objectively as possible —and that might mean asking yourself some tough questions.
5 Questions to Determine if Your Home is “Aging Friendly”
Does my home need a lot of repairs?
If you choose to age in place, you don’t want to have to worry about serious home repairs.
Will I have to regularly use stairs?
Decreased mobility could be an issue as you age, so consider how easily you could live on just one floor of your home, if necessary.
Are my bathrooms safe and accessible?
You want to make sure your bathrooms don’t increase your risk of falling. If they aren’t currently equipped with safety features, can you easily install bars and non-slip shower mats?
Do I have family nearby?
Living at home for your long-term care plan is much easier when you have family or close friends nearby who you can count on in case of emergency.
How accessible is my community?
Having easy access to things like public transportation, home delivered meals, and your doctor’s office are important elements to consider if you choose to stay at home.
All of these questions only serve to highlight why it’s important to figure out your long-term care plans now, before you have an urgent need. Deciding where you’d like to live is one of the first big choices you’ll need to make. Research your options, talk to your loved ones, and don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions.
Check out our Home Fall Prevention Checklist as another resource to determine if aging in place is right for you.