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This is the sixth post in Peconic Landing’s community educational series about retirement. View the other posts HERE.
Each and every day some 10,000 people turn 65-year-old. Known as baby boomers, this generation brings to light the lack of services available to our seniors. It also shines light on the necessity of planning for one’s future, and the lifestyle they hope to enjoy.
“There is a major thrust because of healthcare costs to try and have people age in place,” said Dr. Roger Landry, a preventive medicine physician who strives to help Americans age successfully. “But aging in place requires some help, and the foresight to access that help at the right time.”
There are several factors to consider, such as safety and security to lifestyle and social interaction. Peconic Landing has compiled a few things for you to consider when helping your loved one age in place.
Securing the Home
One of the most important steps a family can take is a good inventory of the house; finding and removing any potential hazards that may stand in their loved one’s way.
Are there any unnecessary rugs or flooring that could contribute to trip or fall? How about those electrical wires from those lamps or fans, are they properly tucked way? Is the home adequately lit?
“Studies show that an 80-year-old needs about three times as much light as a young adult,” said Darryl Volinski, Director of Environmental Services. “In poorly lit areas, an older person may not see these potential hazards.”
At the same time, there are a number of tools that can help seniors to navigate the home comfortably as they age. Grab bars in the shower or an elevated toilet seat can help with ease of use, while a hand-held showerhead and bath stool enhance stability and confidence.
“And while no one wants to think about a health emergency, it’s important to plan for one accordingly,” said Volinski.
Peconic Landing utilizes a Personal Emergency Response system, keeping 24-hour-a-day help available at the push of a button. Similar systems are available in the home, and can come at a nominal fee.
Meeting Health Care Needs
It’s never too soon to access the health services your loved one may need as it can enhance their quality of life. Whether as simple as bathing, laundry or preparing a healthy home-cooked meal, a little help can go a long way in keeping them feeling independent.
“Bringing in a professional to help with these everyday services not only provides peace of mind, but helps to promote social interaction, warding off the feeling of isolation,” said Gregory Garrett, Peconic Landing’s Executive Vice President and Administrator of Health Services. “Many of our aides form lasting relationships with their clients and the families.”
Peconic Landing has recently expanded its Home Health Services and provides everything from companion care to licensed nursing and rehabilitation specialists. A companion can take away the stresses of driving to that doctor’s appointment or even shopping for the holidays, while a physical therapist can help improve mobility, keeping mom or dad strong on their feet.
For more information about Peconic Landing Home Health Services, or to schedule an evaluation call (631) 477-3800 or visit our website.
Be sure to visit us next month for the next post in Peconic Landing’s community education series about retirement.