Aging in Place, Can I Stay in My Home?  Community Services & activities

Is it time to make some decisions regarding your next step in housing?  One of the things to consider is the possibility of aging in place.  Before you choose to stay in your home and make improvements to allow you to do so, you should consider the following questions.  If you need any help with these answers, call me.

Community Services & Activities

  • What transportation is available and how do you get around?  Some block nurse program provide free transportation for medical appointments.
  • Is there a planned community to move to that offers many of the services necessary?  Homes w/HOA fees to maintain the yard and roads; Senior Apartments, some offer nice amenities.  This is often a misunderstood option.  People often feel it is for OLD PEOPLE, but not me, when in fact the services and community feeling benefits and improves the quality of life for seniors.  Friendships are formed, days spent in the company of others helps to stay off depression, and enhances the overall quality of life.
  • Volunteer opportunities, civic engagement, and cultural and education opportunities.  HELPERS (Helping Elders Live Proudly, Enjoyably, Responsibly, and Safely) services benefit many.
  • House of Worship location.  Do you have someone to pick you up and take you to worship?  Some assisted living facilities have their own chapel and have services on site.
  • Attitude of locals towards snow birds.  If considering moving down south to avoid the cold weather, check out the local attitudes toward retirees and find a good fit before making the decision to fly south.
  • What sort of exercise program do you need?  Pool, Golf, Spas, Gym?
  • Do you like to walk, are there trails easily accessible?
  • What senior and aging services are available?
  • Is there a senior concierge service available?
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Senior centers
  • Independent Living Support services
  • What is available for your next phase of living, when you can no longer stay in your home?  Assisted living, Skilled care homes, nursing homes.