Everyone knows that planning ahead is important, but so many of us fail to do it effectively. Think about your own retirement, for example. Are you on track for where you want to be? Maybe you are (congrats!), but the reality is that most people aren’t.
The same goes for senior care. Even though it would be best to plan years ahead and know what to do well before it happens, very few people actually plan their own senior care out. This is a trend that needs to change if care is going to be as effective as it should be.
Ideally, each individual will plan for their own senior care well before it is needed. This ensures that your loved ones know exactly what your wishes are when it comes to care. If there is some sort of accident or if you are unable to appropriately communicate your desires, there is already a plan in place and the guesswork is eliminated.
As you probably suspect, this doesn’t happen with a lot of frequency. Unfortunately, most people do not spend a lot of time planning out their senior care until it is needed. The general mindset is that this is something that won’t happen until years from now. Why waste time now when it’s so far in the future?
If you have an older loved one that does not need senior care now, encourage them to start thinking about it. Approach them in a kind and gentle manner so that the topic is not scary, but firmly enough that they will begin to pay some serious thought to it. The sooner you begin planning, the easier the process becomes. The big questions will be answered, and there will be less of a need to try to figure out what the best course of action is. Hopefully care won’t be necessary for years, but when it does become needed you will know what to do.
Let’s not forget about aging in place. When this occurs, the older person in need does not need to move around because all of the care that they need is already available where they are located. This eliminates a lot of stress and makes life easier all around.
The concept of aging in place is a very important one. Studies show that aging in place is one of the best ways to help preserve health, both mental and physical, for as long as possible. When someone is living and growing older in a place that they are familiar with, a lot of stress is eliminated. For those that might be dealing with cognitive issues, such as the dementia that comes along with Alzheimer’s disease, the familiar setting of a home that you have lived in for years can help to preserve memories.
In-home care is extremely helpful here. Instead of moving your elderly loved one to a new place where they can receive the care and assistance that they need, that care and assistance comes to them. In-home care is helpful for a number of reasons; aging in place is one of the most obviously helpful ones.