Understanding The Housing Needs Of Senior Citizens

8th Apr 13

For many families talking about the future housing options of senior family members can be confusing and stressful. However, the earlier you discuss your current needs and options, and how you expect those needs to change over time, the more choices and control you'll have over your future living arrangements. If you're currently in the process of discussing future housing options for yourself or a senior member of your family, read on to learn more about what you should take into consideration.  

Physical and medical needs  

As you age, you may need some help with physical activities such as shopping, cleaning, eating, or taking medication. These concerns will need to be taken into consideration when selecting your housing choice.  

Social and emotional needs  

It's important that you have continued opportunities to maintain and build friendships as you age. If staying in a retirement community is not an option and you are housebound, there are driving services available as well as house calls to assist in socialisation.  

Financial needs  

Care can be expensive, so it's important to consider your budget when it comes to your housing choices. Home modifications or assisted care may be a more affordable option for some.

Once you've considered these three factors, it's time to take a look at your different housing options. Here are just a few housing ideas to choose from.  

Independent living

Also known as retirement communities, retirement homes or senior housing, independent living facilities are usually housing communities or apartment complexes designed for the elderly. In general, they allow a good level of independence while providing the nearby facilities, transport and assistance that may be required.  

Assisted living  

Assisted living is a good option for those who do not require around the clock care, but who may need help with certain day-to-day activities such as taking medication, house chores or cooking. Most often, assisted living care will take place in the person's home or independent living facility.

Nursing Home  

Nursing homes offer a high level of care ideally suited for those with health concerns. Sometimes, nursing homes may be utilised for a short period of time following hospitalisation or surgery.

Aging in place  

Many older adults prefer to stay at home as they age. It's a good option for those who have a close network of friends and family nearby to assist, who do not require a high level of medical care, and whose home can be modified to suit their changing needs. In the long term, the addition of platform lifts, stair lifts, ramps and other mobility solutions can make it easier for the elderly to maintain a higher level of independence in the home.  

Pandect Australia provides a full range of platform lifts to meet these needs. To find out more about which solution may be right for you or your property, please don't hesitate to get in contact with us and we will endeavour to find the best product to suit your requirements.

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Ian has over 30 years experience in the service sector within Australia, New Zealand and Europe. He has gained a wealth of national and international knowledge throughout this time specialising in quality operational and service delivery both in the private and public sectors. For the last 6 years he has owned and operated Vestner, a New Zealand company specialising in the...

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