Aging at home is the wish of most seniors. As I reach my 70s, after observing how several of my siblings and friends spent the last years of their lives, one of my scariest thoughts is having to live in “A Home” that is any home other than my own. As long as I have my faculties, the place where I want to spend the rest of my life is my own home.
And I believe that I am not alone in this decision. One thing I have learned about that choice is to make it happen requires planning. And I do not mean just making a plan and filing it away for future reference. It means making a plan that is written down, clearly set out, flexible and visible to others. The pieces of the plan that are worked on and implemented every day. I would liken it to a job. Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you don’t have work to do. It doesn’t matter if you are 55 or 75 your new job is working for yourself and making sure that your actions will ensure that job is something you can manage long into the future.
This book is your guide and if you like your instruction manual for doing your job. It isn’t long or complicated. It provides practical steps you can take to ensure your desires, wishes and decision can be kept as you age. Barring any significant illness, infirmity or disease the steps set out here should be for the most achievable by anyone. One or two may require assistance to get set up after that is simply a matter of implementation and management.
We are starting from the outside in. By that I mean we are going look at those things around us that could challenge our decisions that we make not be aware of. For example our own homes. Believe it or not, there are things that while they were normal and of no concerns when we were younger can become hazardous to us living in the home as we age. Another key component is our environment. Not such big topic as climate change but significant enough for us to know we need to understand and be aware of the environment around us and our home. Then we will discuss our physical capabilities, how they will change and what that means as we age. One of the critical pieces of being able to remain in your own home will be your willingness and ability to adapt to change. Which speaks to our mental capacity another topic of discussion.
Please give it a read and offer any feedback you would like.
I write to inspire and help people as they age. I believe this book, which is a revision of the previously published “Staying Home in Your 70s, 80s, and Beyond” does so with more clarity.