When we stay in our home as we grow older, it’s called “aging in place.” This is the goal of older Americans whose homes are safe places filled with fond memories and a sense of independence. Aging in place is the conscious decision to grow older in our own homes instead of in a long-term care facility or assisted living.
But for some older Americans, staying in their home may not always be the best choice. For example, if they have a chronic medical condition that requires daily monitoring and/or treatment by a caregiver.
An aging in place assessment at Delta Center can help determine the best option for your personal needs. Our team of certified staff will provide comprehensive reviews that cover everything from medical issues, fall risk, financial resources, and your support systems. The goal is to identify what you want and expect when it comes to where you will live.
Will you be comfortable and safe in your home?
The top priority of aging in place is that you’ll be comfortable and safe in your home. Falls and other accidents can quickly become a medical emergency if you live alone.
When we come to your home for an assessment, we will ask you and your family about the home environment. This will include questions like the ability to maintain the house, address health needs, and activities of daily living (ADL) like hygiene, dressing, and safely getting in and out of a bed or chair.
Will you have a support system?
Social isolation can significantly affect our mental and physical health in the form of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, heart disease, and diabetes. That’s why we will ask you about your social life and any support systems you have.
Having a support system is essential throughout our lives. They provide a safety net of friendship, culture, and emotional and intellectual wellness, especially for older adults. A sound support system will also help manage everyday challenges and decisions like transportation.
Consumer-directed services and other help are available at Delta Center
If you can age in place, that’s great! But if you find you need a little extra help, consumer-directed services are available. These services are designed for those eligible for nursing home care to retain the services of a personal attendant. Rather than a state agency, the patient chooses their care provider and directs their care. An attendant can help with things like:
- Meal preparation
If you are interested in an aging-in-place assessment, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and pricing at 636-926-8761 or by email at [email protected].