I’m going to be brutally direct, aging in place (at home) is not always the best choice. There are many who will disagree with me, but when caring for aging parents there can be many costs to aging at home. I wish that all it took was a simple cookie-cutter formula but there is a lot of grey area, it is complicated.
No one imagined that living well into your 90’s would become the norm, but it is happening. While it is amazing and wonderful, the fact is that many people are not prepared for living a long life.
Many still do not have long term care plans, or much put aside in savings. Your parents may have the desire to live in their own home for the rest of their life but are they prepared for the cost? 24/7 care in your own home can cost you upwards of 10-15,000 per month. A long- term care insurance plan can offset the cost of care, however, the rest will be privately paid by them or you. Choosing to live in an appropriate senior community may cost $5000- $7000 per month depending on the care need.
There is a social cost to aging in your own home. Often, long time neighborhood friends move away or pass. As your parent becomes limited in their ability to drive, getting out of the house will not be as easy as it once was. Desire to get out along with transportation issues create boundaries to being social. Without a social network, seniors often become depressed being at home day after day. Particularly if they don’t have hobbies or are normally very social but cannot get together with friends.
When someone lives alone, the idea of cooking for one is just too overwhelming. So they sacrifice nutrition for the ease of cereal, cookies, or other snack foods. When their nutrition is compromised depression also increases. Often People who are older don’t drink enough water, in turn the lack of water affects their mobility.
Is your loved one taking their medications as directed? Remember to take medications isn’t always easy. Over or under dosing can cause many complications in their medical condition. Are they able to get to doctor’s appointments when needed? Or do the appointments get put off due to transportation issues or lack of initiative.
What is the Answer?
It comes in many shapes and budgets and I would be happy to do a complimentary phone assessment of your parent’s Daily Living needs to determine the best type of senior housing for them. It involves understanding several criteria. If you would like a complimentary evaluation of your paren’t housing needs, schedule a 30 minute session with Lisa to determine which type of senior housing is right for them.
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