Seniors are often expected to be homeowners rather than renters. However, according to a recent article in the Grand Forks Herald, the North Dakota town isn’t as well prepared for an increase in senior housing needs as they may have thought.
Although some seniors do own their home and choose to stay there as they age, Grand Forks reports seeing a trend in seniors who wish to downsize to a smaller home or move to a senior oriented apartment or assisted living complex. Often this is due to a desire to have less home to maintain, or be closer to other seniors where there is an increased opportunity for peer interaction and socialization.
However, Grand Forks reports that the community may not be ready with enough senior friendly rentals, which are often occupied by younger individuals and families, as well as being equipped with too few senior targeted developments.
Home Care Offers Help at Any Location
For seniors looking for a more manageable location as they age, home care provided by an agency using a home care software or home care system to manage care may be a solution to helping keep seniors at home if they’re unable to find other housing.
For example, many private duty home care agencies offer light housekeeping and meal preparation as part of their services. With these items set at tasks in a home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare Online, seniors can have help to keep up with household chores and kitchen work that may otherwise seem like a daunting task.
However, in addition to helping around the house, some caregivers may also be able to provide transportation assistance, which opens up the door to increased social interaction for seniors who may otherwise risk feeling isolated. Agencies using ClearCare Online’s home care software and home care system can quickly look up caregivers with transportation ability and match them to seniors based on schedule. Home care software also gives agencies the ability to quickly see which caregivers are available for a special shift if a seniors needs a ride to a doctor’s appointment, or fun event at the local senior center, for instance.
Determining where seniors will live as the 65+ population continues to expand in the United States will be an ongoing challenge for local community planners throughout the coming years. However, with options like in home care managed by ClearCare Online’s home care software and home care system, staying at home may seem like a more manageable reality for many seniors.