Aging in place

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Many people prefer to remain in their own homes as they grow older. This sometimes is called aging in place. A variety of services for older adults can be provided at home. And home care services may help promote independence and support a good quality of life.

But it's important to plan ahead. Make sure your family members know your preferences. If you want to stay in your home, talk with them about how you might be able to make that happen. Explore the resources available in your community before you need them. Home care can provide aid such as medical care, physical therapy, nutrition counseling, housekeeping support, meal delivery and companionship services.

As you look into agencies that provide assistance, research their qualifications, quality of care, costs and the specific services they provide. If you're not sure where to start, talk with a member of your health care team. Ask for suggestions about services for older adults in your area. The more you know, the easier it will be to choose the best resources for your needs when the time comes.

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Nov. 18, 2023