Aging in place is easy to do
Aging in place is not without challenges, but it is not so difficult or daunting as to exclude anyone who wants to do it. Actually, nearly everyone is doing it anyway whether they realize it or not. It’s a matter of how well or effectively someone is doing it as opposed to just letting it happen or run its course.
The main reason that aging in place is easy for people to do – anyone really – is that it takes no practice, no preparation, and no commitment. It’s not a formal process.
There is no special floor plan to select. All will work to an extent, but many work considerably better than others. Regardless, aging in place happens, and it occurs naturally.
We get to be in control
Being in control is something that most of us like to do when it comes to how we live our lives – especially when it comes to our homes. We get to decide how we want to live in our homes and how we want them to provide for our needs. If we do little to maintain our homes or keep them up-to-date, we won’t get the same satisfaction from them as those who are more proactive. We get to decide how we want our homes to age along with us and to provide for our essential needs.
We get to determine how we want our homes to look and feel to create the degree of comfort, safety, and accessibility for us and our needs, regardless of how many people are sharing our living space with us. If we decide to make some improvements or updates or to have them done for us by a specialist, these improvements can range from something quite simple or small that may not cost very much to do to something more complex and elaborate or even several projects with a combined larger budget.
We have flexibility
There is no single idea to implement or the “right” idea to select to make our homes suitable for us – it is all dependent on how we want our homes to look and feel to us. What we do might be entirely different than what the person next door to us does, but it’s our decision.
It’s a matter of budget, the way we relate to our home environment, what we think we would like to change, and how we might want to address any issues that may be more pressing than others due to our changing physical needs and requirements. It’s a flexible situation, and we get to choose how to approach it and what we want to do to make our homes more enjoyable or pleasant for us.