Stroke is certainly not only an older person issue as 1/3d of stroke survivors are under 65 years of age. But obviously, that leaves 2/3ds over 65. And that means that 6-700,000 people Americans per year suffer a stroke who are over 65. And in most cases those folks will have at least some disability. So, we think that it is important to consider what the living arrangements will be post-stroke.
One alternative is aging in place, staying in the home that you were in before the stroke. The geriatric professionals term aging in place as the process of staying in your own home as you grow older instead of moving to an outside facility. To properly age in place, you should create a budget, discuss options with your family, connect with home health services, and identify necessary home modification projects, should they be required. We think that you should think about your Care Plan, as inevitably you will need more concentrated care for the stroke issues, but also probably for a raft of other health issues including falls.
It is interesting that nearly 80 percent of adults ages 50 and older want to remain in their current homes as they age, according to AARP. Aging in place is often more affordable than transitioning to institutionalized care and allows someone to retain independence in a comfortable, familiar setting. However, aging in place isn’t right for everyone. As you can see, it requires careful planning, research, and coordination.
The choice to either age in place or transition to assisted care is a complex and personal decision influenced by emotional, health issues, physical, and financial factors.
Is Aging in Place Right for You?
Staying in a familiar setting is a priority for many seniors. But aging in place isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Maintaining independence can become increasingly difficult as age increases and health declines. Everyone’s situation is different. It’s important to evaluate and be realistic about your own circumstances.
Respectfully, we suggest that you go online to www.RetireGuide.com for more detailed information about each of the considerations, and others, mentioned in this article. The website is chock full of important and easy to understand information.
In this guide, we explore the many factors older adults, and their families should consider when making this decision. We also discuss available resources from the government and nonprofit organizations that can help make the aging in place process easier.
GOOD LUCK AS YOU CONSIDER THE NEXT LEG OF YOUR LIFE JOURNEY!
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