As people age, their ability to take care of themselves diminishes. Yet, people often want to remain in their own home as they age. While nothing about the aging process is certain or predictable, experts have prepared a number of steps that can increase a person's chances of remaining at home as they grow older.
The first step is planning for the aging process. A person should first review their current ability to take care of themselves. Any current limitations, such as the inability to bathe without assistance, will probably worsen. If a person lives alone, such limitations necessitate seeking outside care. Such care can be provided by family members, friends or professionals. A second step is to evaluate the impact of any illnesses, such as diabetes or emphysema, on a person or their spouse. Depending upon the seriousness of the illness, a care giver may have difficulty providing care for a diabetic or people with similar diseases.