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INDEPENDENT AGING > AGING IN PLACE > AP 1

What Is Aging In Place?

By: JoAnn Thibault

The ability to live in one’s own home – wherever that might be – while growing older, by securing the necessary support you require as your needs change.

What are the primary reasons for aging in place?

  • Security and contentment

  • Maintaining control

  • Comfort and familiar surroundings

  • Staying close to family/friends

  • Cost


Where can YOU Age in Place?

  • In your own home

  • In a Retirement Home

  • In an Independent Living Community

Steps to Aging in Place:

  1. Understanding Your Needs: identify obstacles you are facing for safe, comfortable, living including any health concerns you may be facing

  2. Research available options: based on the obstacles and any upcoming challenges you have identified

Understanding Your Needs:

  • Identify and determine the level of assistance needed regarding physical safety and psychological well-being.

  • Limited mobility; unsteady on your feet, difficulty climbing stairs or getting in/out of bathtub

  • Frequent forgetfulness; forgetting to take medication, or leaving the stove on

  • Need assistance getting to the grocery store, shopping or running errands

  • Need assistance with personal care and homemaking

  • De-clutter,  re-organize, down-size

You have identified your needs, now what?

  • Now you are ready to start looking at available resources to help you with your needs and assist you to Age In Place safely.

What resources are available? Many! Below is a list of a few:

  • In-Home Care Services

  • Home Modification

  • In-Home Technology

How do I find these resources?

FIRST, KNOW WHAT IT IS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR!

National Councils:

Stay in control of your future!

  • Know and Understand Your Options

  • Don’t WAIT until You are in desperate need or in CRISIS before you learn what is available to you!

  • Understanding and Knowing about your options and resources BEFORE you need them allows YOU to make smart decisions AND choices AND
    assists you with staying in CONTROL

Don’t hesitate to contact services that you might be interested in DOWN THE ROAD, and ask them questions, references and learn more EVEN IF YOU DON’T NEED THEIR SERVICES TODAY!

© The Elder Insider 2011