Aging at home

Aging in place successfully 

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Remaining at home provides many benefits to seniors

There are many benefits to aging at home but listing them helps seniors and family members understand the issue as fully as possible. Some of the positives for the aging relative include:

Some things that will need to be considered in order to successfully facilitate a senior’s continued living at home:


Home care companies

Richmond Heights Health Clinic and Home Care  

10520 Yonge Street, Unit 4, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 3C7

Richmond Heights Health Clinic & Home Care, provides compassionate 24 hour personalized senior care services with bonded, registered & licensed Nurses / RPN's, in your home, hospital, rehab, LTC & retirement communities.

Lifestyle Options: Respite care, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care, Home Care

In-Home Assisted Living Inc.  

2 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 3A1

In-Home Assisted Living offers caregivers and nurses to help seniors and people with medical challenges to remain living in their own home with safety and comfort. Also ask about our hospital bedside support.

Lifestyle Options: Respite care, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care, Home Care

Nurse For Care  

2390 Eglinton Avene East, Suite #224, Toronto, Ontario, M1K 2P5

Nurse for All offers medical and non-medical care support for people of all ages & needs in the GTA, Ontario, Alberta, BC, Nova Scotia at home, hospital, retirement home or long-term care facility.

Lifestyle Options: Respite care, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care, Home Care

Take It Easy Care Inc.   

Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge, Whitby, Oshawa, Ontario, .

Our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We believe in tailoring our services to meet their unique needs, recognizing that no two individuals are the same. Whether it's medical care, companionship, or assistance

Lifestyle Options: Respite care, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Home Care

How to make aging in place work

Aging in place can work well if there is an appropriate amount of thought put into it. One of the first concerns should be making the home safe. There are many considerations in home safety so that seniors can safely age in the home. Some things to consider:

Falls are the number one cause of seniors needing to move out of their own homes and into a retirement home. Providing optimal safety measures to prevent falls before they have a chance of happening can go a long way toward extending a senior’s ability to keep on living in their own home.

Consider walking distances to local shopping and public transportation and reduce risks associated with driving.

Aging at home is a decision

Aging in place should be a formal decision rather than just aging at home because that’s where you’ve always been. The decision process should include as many affected people as possible and changes need to be considered in order to make it work. If you are part of the decision-making process, examine realistically the facts about aging in place and whether it is true for you that aging at home is better than a retirement home.

The decision process should also include a list of pros and cons. But go beyond practical considerations and listen to input from friends and family concerning your personality and other factors about you or your situation that you might not consider or may not like to admit. Input from a trusted pastor or rabbi or any other such authority figure might also be helpful. Putting a plan in place helps to objectify whether or not it is really a good decision to remain at home or consider alternatives. A list and plan helps family members and others understand the issues and needs of the elder wishing to age at home.

The plan should include making the home as safe as possible. Make sure that you fully understand all home health care services available to you then optimize your use of these services so that you get the best value for your dollar. A mix of community services and services provided by private health care providers can help you achieve a great experience aging at home, staying in the house and the neighbourhood that you love.

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