Is where you will live when you retire, and how you’ll manage it becoming more and more top of mind? While there are retirement homes, senior living communities such as retirement homes or an assisted-living facility may not be for you. For many people, staying in their own homes and comfortably aging there is a much more desirable option. in fact, data from AARP shows that 77 percent of adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes as long as possible.
As Lynne Giacobbe notes in her column for thestreet.com, aging in place requires significant planning. Besides making the home itself safe and functional for yourself as an older adult, you also need to have a strong support system, financial security, and arrange for at-home care when you need it.
In fact, coordinating care is one of the first things you need to prepare for when you want to age in place. It can be a long and arduous task to coordinate your care and you can easily get overwhelmed, which becomes a source of stress for your friends and family, she says.
One way to save the headache and stress arranging for your in-home care s to work with a care coordinator. A care coordinator can help should you break a leg, but they can also handle setting up meals, transportation and more, often plannng ahead for the months and years to come. With the help of care coordinator, the pressure is taken off of your friends and family.
To learn about the other two areas you need to plan for when it comes to aging in place, you can read the full piece at thestreet.com