As the senior population continues to grow, the question of how they can remain comfortably at home remains unanswered by the culture at large. However, Coastal Caretakers has found a unique way of ensuring that this demographic has its needs met by offering quality services at affordable prices. A growing body of research and scholarly literature suggests that there are better practical outcomes for the aging population of seniors remaining at home versus staying in a long term care or nursing home facility. In fact, the National Institute on Aging, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has added a fitting title to some of their own research: “There’s No Place Like Home”. This isn’t a phenomenon that’s begun overnight, though; remaining in one’s own home in spite of age has been a commonly held philosophy throughout the decades.
In 1984, a survey was distributed to a variety of senior citizens in which they were asked about their accommodation preference. Over 311 seniors were given a questionnaire, and, overwhelmingly, regardless of age, sex, or marital status, the respondents stated that they preferred living in their own homes as they aged. In the discussion portion of the study, the authors noted that “since most people, irrespective of age, hope to continue living in their own homes, attempts should be made to provide adequate home environment” (Agbayewa & Michalski, 1984). Thankfully, Coastal Caretakers offers this senior population an alternative to finding resources and support beyond their own residences, allowing them to have a safe, comfortable home environment as they age.
Agbayewa, M & Michalski, B. (1984). Accommodation preference in the senior years.