Some older people may choose to live alone, while others are outliving their siblings and spouses. A number of 28% of older adults are now living alone. Most people don’t prepare for living alone, even though the chances are high. These are the things you need to know about aging alone.
How to Navigate Aging Alone
It can be your own decision to age alone or you just want to prepare for the future, here are the tips on the best way to do it:
Seek Out a Care Manager
A Care Manager is a professional facilitator who can give advice and provide information about the variety of options available in their area for elder care and services. Even if you’re in good health now you never know what can occur down the road. If a health crisis occurs or a long-term diagnoses, such as Alzheimer’s disease, having a care manager can be extremely helpful to the process. A care manager can be seen as a “professional relative” that can help you recognize and meet your needs as you age.
Aging at Home is Costly
You might think that you’re going to spend the rest of your life in the home you have now. Realistically, that is going to be an expensive way to do things. Due to the cost of in-home care and renovating your home for mobility and safety needs. Installing things, such as ramps or a walk-in shower is going to come at a high-cost.
Aging Alone Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely
When you are living by yourself you have complete control over your life. You can cook what you want and watch what you like. You can choose which friends and family you want to have around and which activities you would like to do. You don’t have to always worry about what the other person wants to do.
Create a Positive Network of People
It’s extremely beneficial to have a trustworthy network of legal and medical professionals around you. Along with a positive network of friends and family. Professional advocates that you could have are local senior services agencies, doctors, an estate attorney, and a trusted therapist.
Know the Value of Your House
It can be an advantageous decision to have a real estate broker that you trust. Even if you don’t plan on selling your home, you never know what can happen in the future. You don’t want to sell your home at a low cost to the first real estate agent that comes along in a crisis. When meeting with a trusted real estate broker ask:
- How much your house is worth?
- How long would it take if I sold my home today?
- What are positive and negatives on waiting to sell my house?
Have a Trusted Power of Attorney
If there is no person that you can trust for power of attorney then find an attorney that can play the role. It can be a situation of being widowed, never married, or your siblings are around your age making it impossible to hand over power of attorney to a family member. By reaching out to local services they can provide you with the resources to find an attorney offering fiduciary agent services.
Fairmont Grand Senior Living Community
Fairmont Grand is a resident centered senior living and memory care facility in Rapid City, SD. Our goal is to create an environment where resident well-being is at the heart of everything we do.
Our wide range of services are designed to meet you or your loved one’s daily needs. We offer restaurant style dining options, a variety of physical activities, and give residents the opportunity to live as independently as possible.