Earlier this month, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety revealed that 80 per cent of Australian seniors aged over 70 “have a strong preference to stay living in their own home should they ever need support". With this in mind, it’s no surprise why many Australian seniors have decided to Age in Place.
Ageing in Place is a form of independent aged care that allows seniors to continue living in their own home, even as their needs change.
Whilst Ageing in Place is the preferred choice for seniors with relatively strong physical and cognitive health, it’s important to understand that the level of care and support you may need will vary for each individual.
With this in mind, it’s important to speak to people who can help you create an Age in Place plan so you can continue to live safely and comfortable in your own home.
So, who can help you Age in Place?
Family can play a key role in helping you Age in Place. With a stronger understanding of your currently needs, your family can help you organise long-term care and act as an emergency contact in the event of an accident.
Your family can also assist with care and support. Whether it’s mowing the lawn, running errands or assisting with personal care, your family can help you feel more comfortable living at home through your retirement.
Above all, keeping in touch with your family will allow you to maintain a sense of community which can improve your overall mental wellbeing.
Home Modification Services
In order to Age in Place, you or your occupational therapist will require the assistance of a home modification service, such as ELC Home Modifications, who offer FREE home assessments to examine which renovations you can benefit from.
Home modification is simply the process of making your home more accessible to you. This could include making structural changes to the layout of your home, such as bathroom modifications or complex home modifications, or the installation of additional fixtures, such as handrails and ramps.
Whatever the addition, home modifications are key in reducing the number of hazards around your home and preventing potential injuries, so you can move freely and safely at home.
Occupational therapists are experts in understanding how ageing can impact the way you complete daily activities which is crucial in developing an aged care plan customised to your individual needs.
By evaluating your daily activities, occupational therapists can recommend changes to your lifestyle and suggest products that will make it easier for you to complete daily tasks. Importantly, occupational therapists can work closely with Home Modification providers, such as ELC Home Modifications, to remove potential hazards in your home and improve your overall level of accessibility.
To maximise your safety at home, occupational therapists may also suggest care that you may need presently, or in the future.
Home Care Services
Home care services offer assistance with daily activities, offering you personalised care in your very home.
Depending on your level of ability, home care providers offer an extensive range of services including personal care and hygiene, shopping and meal preparation and health professional provision in your home.
Whilst not only being more cost-effective than aged-care facilities, home care services also take the pressure off family if your needs continue to change overtime
So, if you’ve decided to Age in Place, it’s important want to know what help is available to ensure that you can create a plan that will continue to look after you through your retirement.
Don’t know where to start? ELC Home Modifications provide a FREE home assessment where we will discuss your current and future needs. From this we can begin to formulate modification options that can help you age in place.