Aging in place may seem like a far-fetched goal to you when your senior first mentions it, but it could be far more possible for her than you realize. The key is going to be approaching this from an informed position and being willing to adapt as needed.
Make Sure You Understand Her Needs
If you’re not as well versed in what your senior needs as you could be, you might be missing more than you realize. It’s vital that you understand exactly what is going to help your elderly family member to age in place. Your senior can help you to understand much of this, but so can her doctor. Take some time to compile as much information as you can to help you make decisions.
Make Sure You Factor in Your Needs, Too
While you’re at it, though, it’s important that you factor in what you’re going to need. Even if you don’t live with your senior, you’re her caregiver and this decision to age in place affects you, too. If you’re not going to be able to handle as many of the hands-on tasks that your senior is going to need help with, now is the time to start planning how you’re going to deal with that.
There are bound to be things you’re forgetting, no matter how thorough you’re trying to be. When you slow down a bit and focus on what your senior can still do, that’s going to help you to spot what’s working and what might not be. It’s also possible that you have to let the situation go for a little while so that you can see whether this is going to work.
Periodically Check in to Keep Things Running
As you observe how your senior’s experience goes from here on out, you’re going to find that there are things you’ll need to adjust. You might find that your elderly family member needs more help than you can offer, which could mean that it’s time to bring in home care providers. The main goal is always to help her to stay where she is for as long as possible, so it’s going to take time to figure out how to do that.
You don’t have to have all the answers right out of the gate. In fact, you’re probably only going to have a few of the answers you really need or want. Let that be okay as you keep trying to achieve your senior’s goals.