As individuals age, they often express a desire to remain in their own homes. This phenomenon is known as aging in place and is a popular choice among seniors who are approaching or have reached retirement age. Aging in place means staying in one’s present home as one becomes older. It allows seniors to delay moving to a nursing home or other medical center and instead spend as much time as possible in their own homes, as long as they have the means to do so safely and financially.
Advancements in technology and healthcare have made it possible to receive many of the necessary services required to live a comfortable and safe life in the comfort of one’s own home. This has made aging in place a viable option for many individuals. By aging in place, seniors can maintain their independence and personal autonomy instead of being reliant on outside assistance.
Successful aging in place is a process that requires prior preparation and assistance from others. At times, we receive phone calls from elderly individuals who are in a difficult position because they haven’t put much thought into their future. Planning for the later stages of life is complex since it’s difficult to predict future events and everyone has their own unique circumstances.
Long-term planning for aging is one of IKOR’s primary areas of expertise. Our approach is known as “aging in place with a plan,” which involves planning and preparing for the future. Our team of professionals has the knowledge and expertise to help seniors consider various aspects of their lives and assist them in creating a personalized aging plan.
Many people come to us for help when they are facing difficult situations that could have been avoided with better planning and research. We have a lot of experience with the common challenges that come with aging at home. To start the planning process, it’s important to take note of any health conditions that you or your partner might have, like diabetes or emphysema. Our team of IKOR registered nurse patient advocates understands that these conditions can make it harder to take care of yourself or move around in the future.
As we explained in earlier articles, there are five stages of aging: independence, interdependence, dependency, crisis management, and end of life. Understanding when one stage transitions into the next can be tricky and isn’t always obvious. For example, someone who lives alone and has no plan in place may not realize they are experiencing a decline in functioning until a family member visits during the holidays, months after the decline started. It’s important to have a plan in place and to regularly check in with loved ones to ensure that everything is on track.
As experts in the field of aging life care, we receive most of our inquiries when clients are undergoing a particularly stressful crisis stage. Unfortunately, unforeseeable circumstances can lead older adults to lose their independence and dignity. When clients are unaware of various aspects of their daily lives, it becomes even more challenging and expensive to manage crises.
As individuals grow older, several aspects need to be considered when planning for aging in place. It is crucial to ensure that senior citizens have a better understanding of housing, home maintenance, safety and security, personal finance, health and wellbeing, transportation, community and social interactions, and entertainment. At IKOR, we offer assistance to seniors in planning and preparing for aging in all those aspects of their lives.
In our effort to provide the best possible service, we have recently introduced a brand-new program – the Solutions for Dignity Home Maintenance Program. It is tailored to monitor and address the essential maintenance concerns, such as hazardous living conditions and the structural integrity of the homes of senior citizens. The Solutions for Dignity Home Maintenance Program offers customized low-cost monthly or quarterly service packages suitable to specific needs.
We minimize the hassle of this process by handling everything for you. Simply choose the service you want from a variety of available options, and we will assist you with the specifics.
For more information on the solutions for dignity home maintenance program or how to age in place with a plan, call us toll-free at 855-456-7972 or visit our website at www.ikorofwpa.com.