The Many Benefits of Keeping Your Aging Parents at Home
In the article The Benefits of Aging in Place, this note jumped out at me:
“Almost 90% of people over 65 want to live in their home and community as long as possible, according to a report by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Conference of State Legislatures. A whopping 80% believe they will stay in their home until they die.”
If that’s the case, why is it so hard for parents to age in place?
Money is listed as the primary reason, but our experience reflects what the article alludes to. The primary issue is with the caregivers. Plans haven’t been made to keep the parent at home and that puts everyone in a reactive mode, usually after a fall or some other indication that staying at home may not be as easy as expected.
When we asked Joan Davelis, R.N., the director of Physician’s Choice Private Duty, she had this to say,
“Most lay people are uncomfortable dealing with health problems affecting their loved ones. Their first instinct is to rush them to the Dr. or hospital rather than keeping them at home and looking for other avenues of care.”
Read the rest of the article here, http://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T006-C022-S002-the-benefits-of-aging-in-place.html And if you want to talk to a professional about your family’s situation, call us at 402-331-2273.