If you’re like most seniors, you want to continue aging comfortably in place right at home for as long as possible. But maintaining that independence can be hard when you live alone, have a chronic health condition or maybe a memory that’s not as sharp as it used to be. For many independent seniors remaining at home eventually requires some outside assistance. If you don’t have any friends or relatives nearby to provide the support that’s needed, another option at your disposal is professional home care. Here’s how to know when it’s the right time for home care.
Why Seniors Choose to Stay in Their Home
Every independent senior has a unique set of circumstances and reasons why they want to stay in their home. Here are some of the more common ones:
- Emotional ties to the family home
- The physical and emotional stress of moving
- Fear of the unknown
- Anxiety about leaving friends and neighbors behind
- Fear of losing their freedom and independence
Making the tough decision on whether-or-not to stay in your home isn’t easy. The average cost of an assisted living facility is $4,000 per month. Monthly nursing home fees could run as much as $8,300. And who wants to move in with their adult children?