Independent Living February 2011
When I first arrived at PSRC 9 years ago, there was a boom in development of senior living communities, everything from Assisted Living to Continuing Care Communities to Age Restricted communities. The market wisdom was that there was this huge wave of aging adults on the way, and that they were not going to be able to care for themselves and they would choose these communities. Instead, what I have seen is that most people want to continue to live in the community, an impression supported by the AARP finding that 87% of older adults would like to live independently.
PSRC is dedicated to supporting aging in place. Our Partners In Caring program provides a wide array of services when it becomes difficult to do everything yourself, and can link you to other community services. Crosstown provides transportation throughout Princeton to medical appointments, PSRC programs and other destinations of your choosing. HomeFriends and LINK match volunteers with home-based people for friendship and assistance.
I have also been here long enough to see your decisions change over time as your lives change. The two primary factors seem to be loss of a spouse/partner and a significant health event. Our Transitions program helps people review options and select the right fit for their individual situation.
What are some of the factors to consider when deciding whether to continue independent living or a move to residential living?
à Do you want to live where you do now? As much as possible, this needs to be your decision. There are a lot of factors that go into the decision. You can also decide to move out of the home you are currently in to other independent housing for a number of reasons. Is the home too large? Are you lonely?
à Are you able to live independently? Do you need help with mobility, driving, shopping, cooking, dressing, bathing, home care, bill paying? Do you have health conditions that need to be addressed? Can you hire assistance for these at home?
à How strong is your support network? Are there family and friends nearby who can assist when needed? Could family provide more support if you lived nearer to them?
à Can you afford where you live? Property tax increases, utility costs and home repairs can make this difficult.
à Does your house present unsolvable challenges? Are there steps and narrow hall and doorways that present mobility problems? Is there a bathroom on the first floor, and a room that could be a bedroom?
à Do you feel safe in your home? Are there safety hazards or repairs that need to be made? Your rural home might feel isolated now, or your neighborhood has changed and you don’t know neighbors anymore.
à Are you able to do the things you enjoy doing where you currently live?
We all have a vision for how we want to age. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way and we need to reassess periodically to see if our choices are in line with reality. Maybe you and your best friend vowed you’d help each other but now neither of you drives at night and you both want to continue to attend the theatre, or she has dementia and the care is only going one way. Or the bills on your home are so steep that you are not getting needed medications and food. It doesn’t mean you made a bad decision before, but you do need to rethink the plan now. We can help.
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