The needs of people change as they get older. As physical conditions change, home may become inappropriate for the needs of the older adult. They may not be able or willing to maintain the home, or it may no longer be safe or comfortable. The older adult may also want to move because of changes in their socialization needs. Eating meals with others and participating in social events prevent feelings of isolation and depression.
The process of choosing a new home is the same as it was earlier in life. First, the older adult must want or need to move and know the options available. Next, they should consider their needs, values, and preferences, and then identify those most important to them.
It may also be possible for the individual to receive care and services in their own home. Click here to learn more about in-home care.
Council on Aging maintains a searchable database of local housing options for seniors. Click here to search this database.