While many of us may dream of retiring and moving away to a beach-side resort or cabin by the lake, the reality is that most Americans look forward to remaining in their own homes so they can continue to enjoy familiar comforts, activities and loved ones. In fact, an AARP survey recently found that 87 percent of U.S. adults 65 and older and 71 percent of those 50 to 64 wish to stay in their current houses as they get older.
Fortunately, it’s becoming easier for seniors to maintain their independence and stay at home longer thanks to the increasing range of services offered to this fast-growing market. This is great news, considering that by 2035, one in three American households are expected to be led by someone 65 or older.
Unlike previous generations who were often forced to leave their homes due to keeping up with home maintenance, personal care and healthcare needs, businesses today offer solutions to these challenges and more.
If you’re an aging adult or have parents or other loved ones who are getting older, here are some important services and options that can make aging in place easier.
• Universal design: Making your home more easily navigable will make a huge difference should mobility become an issue. Modifications such as ramped or no-step entrances, wider halls and doorways, lowered electrical controls, lever-style handles, and adapted tubs and showers can be planned over time to help with budgeting.
• House Cleaning services: Hiring a professional company to regularly take care of routine housework can take away a huge burden, freeing you up for more enjoyable activities while ensuring your home stays clean, tidy and welcoming to friends and family. Hiring a trusted service provider like Merry Maids ensures a comprehensive cleaning every time. Merry Maids can customize home cleaning plans to accommodate any needs.
• Emergency alert services: Think about signing up for a personal emergency response system that can immediately call for medical or police assistance at the push of an (often wearable) button. Many now offer GPS tracking, activity monitoring, fitness tracking, fire and carbon monoxide detection and other advanced features.
• Transportation services: If you’re nearing the point at which you’re unable to drive, you may wish to research other ways of getting you where you wish to go. Depending on your budget, your options might include a service such as Uber, a private car service, a dial-a-ride service, traditional public transportation or paratransit.
• Grocery delivery: Fortunately, many grocers are now competing to remain relevant in their industry by offering low-cost delivery services. That pays off for seniors who want to continue to choose their own foods but find shopping or travel physically challenging. Many services even allow you to pick out specific cuts of meat or pieces of produce online.
Thanks to the buying power of baby boomers, businesses will continue to step up to the plate with new products and services to serve their needs. If you’re part of that generation, don’t hesitate to take advantage of the latest offerings aimed at making your at-home life easier and more comfortable.