How to Plan to Age in Place: Growing Older at Home

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There are many important things to consider as we decide whether to age-in-place. Do we need help and support at home with personal care, household chores, meal prepping, money management, and/or healthcare? Do we need assistance getting around town, finding activities to help keep us active and engaged, staying safe, making our home accessible, or making it through the day? Answering these questions will help us determine the cost of aging in place. While this process can be overwhelming, it’s important to know that we are not alone in navigating the decision to age-in-place and there are resources that can aid us in getting the support and assistance that we need.

“You may share the often-heard wish — ‘I want to stay in my own home!’ The good news is that with the right help you might be able to do just that. Staying in your own home as you get older is called aging in place.’ This article contains suggestions to help you find the help you need to continue to live independently.”