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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Lehr-Splawinski, Marketing Communications

How to age in place gracefully

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

Most Canadian seniors want to remain in their own homes for as long as their health will allow it. Home means familiarity, comfort, and most importantly, independence. Given you or your loved one(s) are flexible and open to outside help, you can age in place gracefully with proper planning ahead and completion of home adjustments.

Where to start with preparations to age at home?

To be able to stay independent as long as possible you need to stay active as much as your health allows it. Arrange for an in-home care consultation by professionals such as:

A knowledgeable private quality home care company, while conducting an in-home care and home safety assessment, may advise you on the benefits of other qualified home health providers. This step is recommended to ensure you are aware of the option of a flexible care plan, its estimated cost, as well as home adaptations you might need to consider for safety reasons.

There are many benefits of in-home care to look forward to such as:

  • Ability to age in your home or place of living

  • Physical, emotional & cognitive support

  • Help with tasks & activities of everyday living

  • Social engagement & outings

  • Companionship

  • Home Health care for any health conditions, illnesses, and or diseases

  • Peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

Understand your financial situation to be able to budget for any possible home safety adaptations.

Seniors who are financially able to age in place and prefer that option compared to a Retirement Living Community, are known to thrive in and adapt better to the aging process in their own home.

Consult with a Kinesiologist who will work with you to improve your overall well-being by tailoring a session based on your current physical and cognitive abilities. This will help you with maintaining your cardiovascular capacities, muscle tone, and strength to stay independent and manage better daily tasks.

Consult with an Occupational Therapist who will assist you with adapting your home environment to optimize your functionality to move around with ease and remain safe in your home. Home modifications and assistive devices help with increased mobility and fall prevention. You will improve strength & dexterity through guided exercise and rehabilitation techniques which will help with managing daily activities of living such as bathing/showering/dressing.

The Government of Canada offers a helpful Safe Living Guide - A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors – Keeping safe through adapting your home. Below is the safe weblink:

Natalie Lehr-Splawinski, Marketing Communications Manager on behalf of Diane Miller, RN & owner & operator of Seniors Choice For Care

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