We’ve established that aging in place is about choices. One of those choices is what community you live in. Choosing the right community for you is very important as it will have real impact on your quality of life as you continue to get older. Your ability to get from one place to another, the services you can have provided (both in and out of the home… including medical care), your ability to socialize with other people and community resources you have available are a few of the things that need to be considered.
Now, many people may say they do not wish to leave their current community and that is understandable. However, since the goal of aging in place is to maintain control over you life and the quality of it, this may be a choice you need to make. Here are a few things you need to consider when deciding to stay in your current community or when choosing a new one.
Libraries, senior centers, churches – Places where you can continue to expand your mind, faith and social circle.
Transportation – While still driving, is it easy to navigate? Once you are no longer driving are there sufficient transportation options, such as ride-shares or buses?
Services – Home maintenance, delivery services for groceries, shopping services or any other service that might help you continue to maintain your quality of life.
Socialization – Opportunities and places where you can talk, share and continue healthy relationships.
Health – Are there sufficient medical facilities or in-home medical care companies?
Assisted Living – When you do get to the point where you require moving to some sort of assisted living, are there sufficient options in your community?
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