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Retirement with Health, Independence, and Activity…. Only for the Wise!
You have exercised wisdom for a long time. You have spent your working life investing in your retirement years. In fact, over time you have probably changed your diet, given up potentially harmful activities and habits, and perhaps begun a fitness program. You may have even moved somewhere you can more fully enjoy your retirement.
So why stop making wise choices now? Why not continue to make changes that will help you prolong the enjoyment you have worked so hard for? Why give in to the two most prevalent kinds of blindness that rob health and enjoyment and force aging people out of their homes?
Blindness #1: Can we prevent every accident and health issue? No! But we wisely buckle our seat belts, avoid walking or driving on icy streets, and use home alarm systems. We wisely put up stair gates to prevent our young grandchildren from tumbling down. And we wisely built a financial safety net knowing our income would dip at retirement.
So, why are we so resistant to considering our own needs and safety as we age? Why do we now seem to deny the subtle changes that come with aging—changes that affect our agility, our stability, and the speed with which we react to things? Regrettably, too many of us will refuse to acknowledge these until the floor literally smacks us in the face.
So, what should we do? Wisdom instructs us to face the future with open eyes. As we have had more difficulty seeing and reading, we have our eyes tested and buy the recommended glasses. But we need more than glasses to see our own need for safety measures.
Why? Familiarity has become our foe. We have walked up those stairs a thousand times and have never seen the need for a sturdy handrail or one on each wall. Similarly, we have stepped over that 15″ bathtub edge or have stepped in and out of our shower having never seen the need for something substantial to hold onto. We have arisen from bed every morning, never wondering whether that dresser or night stand would hold us up if we suddenly became unstable.
We face the truths and buy the new glasses, buckle our seatbelts, and get a car seat so we can pick up the grand kids. Likewise, we must face the truth that safety, independence, and activity become more and more fragile every day we age. So, why are we so resistant to considering our own need for safety as the realities of aging sneak up on us like a thief in the night?
Blindness #2: The most frequent push-back I hear to safety recommendations is this: “I can’t afford that!” However, wisdom tells us that we can either choose to spend money or be forced to spend money. And usually the latter option costs much, much more!
For instance, we see a leak under the sink. We choose to call the plumber now, although we know it will cost, because we know that further damage from doing nothing will be even more costly. That is wise!
So what is the cost of doing nothing to prevent a fall, let’s say in the bathroom? Do the math yourself.
Add the cost of 1) the ride to the Emergency Room assisted by EMT’s ($6-$8000), to the cost of 2) the ER, diagnosis, and outpatient care, (several $1000 more), to the cost of 3) possible surgery and recovery care (many $1000’s more), to the cost 4) of rehabilitation. Then, to all this, add the pain, anguish, and likely loss of mobility and independence you will experience.
Next consider the monthly cost of reliable 24-hour in-home care or staying in a skilled nursing or assisted living facility which is often required following a fall. Current costs for the first are about $5000/month and for the latter, $5000-10,000/month. That, again, is per month!
The Solution: Now ask yourself if installing safety devices in your home is an investment or an expense.
True, your insurance company may pick up the tab for some of the medical and related expenses, but is that worth the other costs to you? Once again, that stumble or fall—which often leads to others—may well cost you the loss of your mobility, your independence, and severely limit your activities.
So, admit it. We won’t always be strong and vigorous, escaping the weakness, stumbling, and instability that others experience.
And pursue wisdom! Only a fool sees danger coming and takes no action. Wisdom does not ignore life’s changes; wisdom prepares for them!
Michael Bradrick is a remodeling contractor and founder of Live At Home On Your Own – Preparation for a lifetime of independent living! He teaches classes on home safety modifications and conducts free home safety evaluations. He can be reached at 360-589-2170 or through LiveAtHomeOnYourOwn.com
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