“Aging in place” is what most people want. Remaining in the community is a high priority goal for most elders. The challenge is that there might be many needs to be met to achieve this goal. Parents and children need to talk to each other about aging-related issues so that the parents can gracefully and securely remain at home. Here are some subjects to tackle.
TRANSPORTATION. Is it still safe to drive? If not, how will the parents get to the doctor? Can they learn to use a mobile device to summon Lyft, Uber or other service? Will friends or family be the drivers?
FOOD SECURITY. If parents can’t shop, can they use computerized food-ordering programs, or will somebody have that responsibility to do the ordering? Can the parents handle boxes and bundles that are delivered to the door? Should they register for Meals on Wheels?
BUDGETING. If the fixed monthly income doesn’t cover the typical monthly budget, how long will the assets last? Is it time to downsize? Do it well before there’s a crisis.
HOUSEKEEPING AND LAUNDRY. Schedule regular assistance if parents can’t mange this anymore.
INDOOR MAINTENANCE. Take a close look at the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, windows, walls, stairs, railings and floors. Have things become run-down due to neglect or disinterest? Get these things fixed before there’s a flood or a fire hazard. Get rid of tripping hazards. A run-down house quickly becomes a dangerous environment.
BASEMENT AND ATTIC Maybe it’s time to empty out ancient, unusable items being stored there.
MOBILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY. Make sure paths and stairs are clear, steps are in good repair, and lighting is adequate everywhere. As eyesight dims with age, inadequate lighting creates a major safety risk. They can’t age safely at home if the home isn’t safe.
Local nonprofits are receiving grants to help seniors who need support in these areas to enable them to “age in place.” Contact these agencies and see what’s available.
Careful Planning Can Prevent a Crisis. As Elder Law Attorneys, we’re here to help. Call for appointment …. 732-382-6070