Aging in Place: Why?
Aging in Place is the ability to live independently, comfortably, and safely in one’s own home or community as you age. Why age in place?
Familiarity and Comfort: Aging in place allows individuals to stay in a familiar environment, which can provide a sense of comfort and security. Being surrounded by the same possessions, neighborhood, and community can contribute to a higher quality of life.
Independence: Maintaining independence is a significant advantage of aging in place. Individuals can continue to manage their daily routines, make decisions about their own lives, and maintain a sense of control over their environment.
Emotional Well-being: Staying in one's own home often fosters emotional well-being. It can help prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness, as individuals can maintain their social connections, visit with friends and family, and stay engaged in their community.
Cost Savings: Aging in place can be more cost-effective than moving into a senior living facility, as long as the home is safe and can be adapted to accommodate changing needs. Senior living facilities can be expensive, and aging in place can help individuals save money.
Personalized Care: Those who age in place can receive personalized care that is tailored to their specific needs. This care can be provided by family members, home health aides, or other professionals who can create a care plan designed to meet the individual's unique requirements.
Sense of Community: Many individuals develop strong ties to their local community over the years. Aging in place allows them to continue to be part of that community, participate in activities they enjoy, and receive support from neighbors and local organizations.
Retained Autonomy: Aging in place allows older adults to maintain their autonomy and retain control over their living environment, daily routines, and decision-making processes. This can lead to a greater sense of self-worth and satisfaction.
Lower Stress Levels: Moving to a new living arrangement can be stressful. Aging in place minimizes the disruption and stress associated with relocating.
Familiar Health Care Providers: Staying in one's community often means continued access to familiar health care providers, which can be essential for managing chronic conditions and maintaining overall health.
** It’s important to note that aging in place may not be suitable for everyone, and it depends on individual circumstances, health, and the safety of the living environment. In some cases, transitioning to a senior living facility may be the better option for ensuring the well-being of the individual. Assessing one's unique needs and resources is essential when considering aging in place. **
Provided by Eryn Sellarole, Occupational Therapist and Certified Aging in Place Specialist at Lake Sunapee VNA.