As the population ages, older adults will have to make some decisions about their long term care. Some will be forced into skilled nursing facilities. This may be due to severe health problems, a lack of family caregivers or to financial constraints. Many others will need to make informed decisions on the where and how they choose to live out their life. Several options are available now including senior communities, assisted living as well as Aging in Place. Senior communities offer many options as far as types of living arrangements and assisted living can offer peace of mind to those without family caregivers nearby. These options may not be in the best interest of many.
Aging in Place is becoming a popular choice among older adults. It can range from remaining in your current home, downsizing to a smaller home or even moving to a new home in a more pedestrian-friendly and accessible community. The idea behind the Age in Place model is that one is able to live independently and comfortably within your own home. This is often supported by family caregivers, in home care aides and community support systems like Senior Centers, Meals on Wheels, telemedicine and emerging transportation and delivery technology,
Aging in Place requires older adults to be independent. This does not exclude those who may be living with a disability or chronic disease. Improved home health care and home modification products allow those once confined to the nursing home to comfortably live independently in their own home. In-home care and respite care are also readily available to aid family caregivers in helping to care for their loved ones.
Investing in home modification and home health care products can pay off in the long run. Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living can cost thousands of dollars a month. Preparing your home for aging can be done gradually to help spread out the cost over time. Small things like creating barrier-free access in the home, reinforcing hand rails and adding grab bars can be done for little or no cost. Larger items like bathroom modifications or home accessibility items like wheelchair ramps or patient lifts require more investment. However, the savings over long term care in a nursing home is substantial.
Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures a patient lift designed to work within the confines of the average bedroom. The Titan 500 allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a patient in the home without injury. The lift features a rechargeable electric motor and is equipped with an emergency down system that provides peace of mind for caregivers and patients. The lift is proudly Made in the USA and comes complete with a free universal sling and free freight shipping within the continental US.