“Aging in place” does not have a concrete definition; it can mean different things to different people.
For some, to age in place is to modify one’s home so they can remain in a place of familiarity. For others, it can mean downsizing and purchasing a smaller home that already meets their needs. Or, it could mean finding a facility that has different levels of care. Whatever your definition may be, it is our hope for you to live comfortably as you grow older.
We recently met with one of our longstanding clients for a Will Review meeting (remember, it is important to take your Will out every five years or so to ensure that it still reflects your wishes). At this meeting, our clients began contemplating whether or not they should relocate to a city closer to their children. They knew they were aging and wanted to plan accordingly; this conversation got us thinking about Aging in Place.
We let our clients know that they are not alone. Over the past few years, we have met many clients who relocated to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Their experiences began positively – they cared for their loved ones and remained constantly connected. But as they grew older, their children and grandchildren’s schedules became busier. The love was there, but their families did not have as much time to visit them. The sad truth is that our clients became lonely – some even moved back to their old neighborhoods to be closer to their friends, to their church, and even to their local senior center. We aren’t telling you not to move closer to your loved ones, but we do want to caution you; it can be difficult moving into a new community and building a new network of people to connect with – especially when you’re content with the network that you’re leaving behind. In other instances, relocating might the best move – it all depends on you.
When planning to Age in Place, we want to ensure that you consider factors that will alleviate stress and ensure a healthy state of mind – whether that mean modifying your current home to reflect your needs, relocating closer to loved ones, or moving into an extended care facility with various available services. There are many things to take into consideration – we hope our "5 Recommendations when Aging in Place" video helps you decide what is best for you.
If you have any further questions, or would like to discuss your options, please contact our firm at (780) 458-8228. If we can't help you directly, we can definitely refer you to someone who can.