Accredited Care is celebrating National Senior Independence Month by focusing on aging well “in place.” There are different thoughts about where the best place to age may be; but in the end it’s a matter of personal needs, abilities, and choice.
Understanding Senior Independence
You can age at home with caregiving or you can choose to live in senior living facilities (often referred to as assisted living). These two options will allow you to age while keeping your independence.
How ADLs Determine Your Senior Independence
Activities of daily living (ADLs) are not just physical abilities. They include a variety of common tasks that allow you to remain independent.
How well can you perform these ADLs?
- Personal Care & Hygiene – Bathing/Showering, toileting, and dressing.
- Mobility – Safely moving from one area to another, both inside the home and out. This walking without fall risk, using assistive devices, and transferring abilities; moving from the chair or bed.
- Homemaking – Homemaker skills include light housekeeping, dusting, sweeping, mopping, wiping down surfaces, cleaning common areas such as your kitchen & bathroom, & making your bed.
- Eating Well – Shopping for food, preparing balanced meals, and eating a balanced diet. Diet is very important as we age because a poor diet can be cause for many diseases; including diabetes & heart disease.
- Social Function – A very big part of senior independence includes being able to remain socially active. This involves everything from being able to safely go out in public for activities, going to church, visiting others, and safely enjoying indoor & outdoor venues (music venues, bingo, games, theater, dining out, etc.)
- Mental Condition – There are a number of mental health issues that affect seniors. The mental condition of a person is closely associated with their effectiveness in performing everyday activities. (This includes dementia)
- Medication – Preparing, taking, and setting up medication as needed without missing doses or taking incorrect doses. If you need help with medications you will need help from a nursing staff as non-medical home health aides cannot handle medications.
- Medical Appointments/Meetings – Being able to get to any medical appointments safely and complete appointments fully understanding what is being planned and taken care of during these appointments. This will include not only keeping appointment schedules but testing and medication changes.
There is nothing wrong with not being able to perform all of the ADLs. Accepting help from others can help yu become & remain as independent as possible.
Is In Home Caregiving or Assisted Living
Best for Senior Independence?
If you need help with everyday life skills are you better off in assisted living or aging at home? Here are some things to consider:
Senior independence is the goal of most of us as we age. Health & safety have to be the biggest factors; but, seeing the positive points of both styles of life can help you decide what type of independence you want.
How Do You Decide?
Keep these things in mind when trying to decide between in home care & assisted living.
- Cost – See the links below to compare average pricing for in home care vs. assisted living care
- Family Help & Interaction –Who will be responsible for making sure everything is taken care of & how much will be expected from the family members?
- Accept Assistance – There are programs designed to help those who are looking at financial hardships or geared towards those helping those with a particular disease.
- Get It In Writing – Get quotes, in writing, that include a listing of everything you get for the price you are quoted. Many assisted living facilities provide services but will charge extra for these services. Home care doesn’t usually include medical care unless you have specifically asked for & been quoted for skilled nursing visits.
This table provides the average cost for non-medical in home care for each state.
Be sure that you understand what is and isn’t included in the cost of assisted living. This table provides the average cost for assisted living for each state.
Accredited Is Here For You
Let us help you enjoy your senior years as much as possible. It’s important that senior independence is kept for as long as possible; even if it means accepting assistance to make daily life easier.
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