Aging in Place
Aging in place is the ability to live safely, independently, and comfortably in one’s home and community. It is a growing trend in the United States, with nearly 90% of seniors wanting to stay in their homes as they age.
There are many benefits to aging in place, such as maintaining a sense of independence. They can continue living in familiar surroundings and maintaining connections to family and friends. Aging in place can also lead to a better quality of life, as seniors are more likely to continue to be active and engaged with friends, neighbors, family, and the community.
Several things can be done to support aging in place. Some simple modifications to the home: adding a ramp to the front door and installing grab bars to the bathroom allow seniors to be independent and get around safely. Various home care services are available to help seniors with tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and transportation.
In addition to home modifications and home care services, several other community resources can support aging in place. These include transportation services, meal delivery programs, and social support groups.
Here are some examples of aging in place:
- A person who lives in their own home uses a support system to enable them to be independent.
- A person who lives in a retirement community with access to transportation, social activities, and healthcare services.
- A person who makes modifications to their home to enable them to continue living in it as things get harder to manage. These include installing bathroom bars, a chairlift to the 2nd floor, and outside ramps to the front door.
- A senior who relies on family, friends, or neighbors for help with tasks such as grocery shopping, running errands, and yard work.
Aging in place is a complex issue, and no one-size-fits-all solution exists. The best way to support aging in place is to work with seniors to develop a plan that meets their individual needs. This may involve changing the home, accessing community resources, and relying on family, friends, and neighbors for support.
If you are a senior or know a senior interested in aging in place, several resources are available to help you. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging or Aging Services Corporation for information and assistance.