Tough question to ask. I have no clue as to what age I will move into an old age home. By this I do not mean geriatric care, but just a place where I can get some assistance for day to day living.
For most people it is ‘when I feel I cannot live on my own I will move’ – this is like an employee saying ‘I will retire when I feel I cannot do the work assigned to me’ – it is a completely nightmarish a situation.
So using some American examples, let us see what ‘Activities of Daily Living’ that you should be able to perform (properly) to be able to live alone (or with spouse, assuming she is of the same age):
Get up from bed
Sit and Stand without any assistance
Do personal grooming properly
Use the toilet
banking – investing, make payments for utilities, etc.
walk – for your personal requirements
be alert to the service providers – maid, cook, driver, etc.
ANSWER YOURSELF honestly, and if you fail one of these tests, move into an institution which provides assisted living.
What more tests should actually be seen?
– ability to handle medication
– manage laundry
– manage security in the house
– manage phone calls
– not have a neuro / physical problem
And living alone is an absolute no no if you have a history of memory lapses, any illness which leads to fainting, …etc.
Happy to add more…
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