With so many advances in technology, home modification, and home care management services available, it has become more possible for individuals with health issues or illness to live their retirement years safely in their own homes. According to AARP’s 2011 “Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices,” 90 percent of seniors older than 65 want to remain in the comfort of their homes for as long as possible.
People want to stay in the environment that is most familiar to them, where they know their way around and do not have to get used to new surroundings. For aging in place to be successful, individuals should plan ahead and have a trusted network of skilled professionals whose care can help them avoid entering long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities at some point in the future.
Consulting with a geriatric care manager is a smart first step to ensuring that one has a thorough understanding of the care needs of a loved one, and what changes can be expected down the road. Geriatric Care Managers work closely with their clients’ and clients’ family members to develop a comprehensive plan of care, provide guidance, and monitor care needs. Care Managers can ensure that your loved one is safe living at home, no matter at what age.