For aging adults, retirement often comes with the difficult decision to stay in their own home or move to a senior care facility. While living in their home provides freedom and privacy, there are medical and financial challenges that come with aging that makes it necessary to move.
Aging in Place
Aging in Place, or remaining in your own home, is best for someone who loves their autonomy and has made the necessary preparations. This means they have a home that is safe and accessible, and they have the financial capacity to live alone. It is still best to live near their loved ones or have a reliable support system that could help them whenever needed. In-home care services are available that could assist them with their medical and personal care needs. While safety is the primary concern for living alone, there are medical alert systems and home modifications that seniors can get.
Downsizing is often the best option for seniors who want to cut costs or have medical problems requiring constant care. Selling their homes could provide them with additional funds to cover their retirement and other medical expenses. It also relieves them of the task of managing a house. Seniors must understand their options on senior living to find a place best suited for the care they need that still allows them to thrive physically and mentally.
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