Seven Reasons Seniors Should Age-in-Place
Nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, according to a recent AARP Survey. Even if they face health challenges and need some day-to-day assistance, their preference is to “Age-in-Place.” And, this isn’t out of the question with the help of a partner like Coastal Caretakers and some minor home modifications, regular safety and security checks, etc.
In fact, there are many reasons in favor of aging in place.
- Comfort & Familiarity – There really is no place like home. Seniors are most comfortable in their own homes where they know where everything is and are familiar with their surroundings. With a few modifications to prevent falls and improve safety, your own home really could be a long-term solution.
- Healthier Environment — Let’s face it, it’s more difficult to maintain infection control and prevent exposure to disease and health risks in a group environment. Assisted living and nursing homes can be overcrowded and be challenged to prevent the spread of germs, illness and disease.
- Strong Support System – Whether it’s a partner like Coastal Caretakers or a neighbor who looks in on your loved one, it’s important to have a good support system in place for seniors. Seniors are more likely to have this neighborly support in the community they’ve resided in for many years.
- Maintain Independence – It’s critical for seniors to maintain their freedom and self-sufficiency. According to an article by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, independence for the elderly is more than just living outside of an establishment and “involves control over their own lives and meaningful participation in the community.”
- Save Money – Realistically, it can cost up to five times more to live in an assisted living or nursing home facility than in your own home. Nearly one-fifth of seniors aged 65 to 74 own their home outright, and many more have a mortgage that is manageable compared to healthcare facility costs. The investment needed to modify and maintain a safe environment is a fraction of what it would cost to move somewhere new.
- FamilyCentric – Family is important to many seniors and they want to maintain an environment that is open and comfortable for family and friend visits. Social relationships with family and friends have been found to be positive for the emotional well-being of seniors.
- Active Quality of Life – Maintaining a home is no small task. However, with a little help from others, it can provide a sense of purpose and pride. When seniors aren’t active in their own care and the care of their homes, their quality of life may actually suffer.
These are just seven of the reasons why Aging-in-Place could be the solution for you and/or your loved ones. For more information about hiring a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and receiving a free home assessment, visit www.coastalcaretakers.com or call us at (888) 828-6278.