Senior Floridians planning to live in their homes instead of moving to residential care facilities may prepare their properties to make it possible. According to research by AARP, only 1% of the homes constructed in the United States have design elements that accommodate physical disabilities.
If issues exist concerning mobility, for example, your home may require some remodeling. Adjustments to interior and exterior doorways could make a home more comfortable for aging in place. An entrance may need widening so that individuals could move in and out while also bringing grocery bags or medical equipment inside.
How does Florida’s Medicaid program help with aging at home?
Florida’s Medicaid program offers residents long-term care benefits such as receiving health care treatments at their homes. According to the American Council on Aging, qualified seniors may receive assistance including home modifications for accessibility.
With long-term care benefits, you may ask a medical professional to visit your home during an emergency. A health care provider, for instance, may administer medications or offer skilled nursing services without requiring you to visit a hospital. Medicaid benefits may also allow you to receive physical therapy or hospice care at your home.
How may I plan to stay in my home?
As reported by U.S. News, seniors may remodel their homes to prevent falls. Floridians may find remodeling a bathroom and making space available for a caretaker could help accommodate aging in place.
A University of Michigan survey on Healthy Aging found that about 88% of Americans between the ages of 50 and 80 feel aging in place is important. About 47% of respondents, however, admitted to having no or few thoughts concerning what they needed to do to stay in their homes.