To successfully plan ahead, you need to start thinking about how you want to live as you age and what steps you need to take to achieve that lifestyle.
This article is part of a series on Plan for Aging in the Place you Love…
A key step in planning for independence is assessing your home to determine if it can meet your changing needs as you age.
Depending on your situation, you may want to think about making changes to your home to help you as you age and to help delay the need for a future move. For example, you may choose to widen doorways in your home to allow access by a walker or wheelchair, or install a chairlift or elevator.
If you decide that your home no longer meets your needs or that you can no longer live safely and independently in your home, learn about the options available in your community. These may include moving into a more accessible or smaller home, or exploring seniors’ housing options such as assisted living or long-term care. Be aware that different housing options may have different eligibility rules.
- If I want to live in my current home as I age, what modifications could help me remain safe? (e.g., installing hand rails, a ramp, emergency response systems, etc.)
- How will I maintain my home if I need help? Are there services available in my community? Do I have the money to pay for the services if I need them?
- Do I need to move to a more manageable home or consider a home without stairs?
- What are my housing options if my current home no longer suits my needs? What will be the costs?
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You can find more information and resources about Aging in Place at Canada.ca/Seniors
Teunis Schouten, Owner at B Cared For Services