Senior Living January 24, 2023

Aging in Place

As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, I work with my clients and their families to explore different housing options. One of the decisions we discuss is aging in place vs. moving into a senior apartment or assisted living. This blog post discusses the Advantages and Disadvantages of Aging in Place.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as: “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”

Aging in place is a term used to describe the process of growing older in one’s own home and community, rather than moving to a care facility. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of aging in place:

Advantages:

  1. Familiar Surroundings: Aging in place allows seniors to remain in familiar surroundings and maintain a sense of independence. This can be especially important for those with cognitive impairments who may struggle with change.
  2. Cost Effective: Aging in place can be a more cost-effective option than moving to a care facility. This is because the costs associated with living in one’s own home are typically lower than the costs of a care facility.
  3. Maintaining Social Connections: Aging in place can also help seniors maintain important social connections with friends and family members. This can be especially important for seniors who may be experiencing loneliness or isolation.
  4. Access to Community Services: Many communities offer services and programs for seniors, such as transportation and meal delivery. Aging in place allows seniors to take advantage of these services, which can help to improve their quality of life.

Disadvantages:

  1. Physical Limitations: As seniors age, they may experience physical limitations that make it difficult for them to perform certain activities, such as cooking or cleaning. This can make aging in place challenging for some seniors.
  2. Access to Medical Care: While aging in place can be cost-effective, it may also limit a senior’s access to medical care. This is because many care facilities have on-site medical staff, while aging in place may require seniors to travel to a healthcare provider.
  3. Home Maintenance: Maintaining a home can be challenging for seniors, particularly as they age and physical limitations set in. This can make aging in place difficult for those who are unable to perform home maintenance tasks.
  4. Safety Concerns: Aging in place can also present safety concerns, such as the risk of falls or the inability to access emergency services in the event of a health emergency. These risks can be mitigated by installing safety features such as grab bars and alarms, or by having family or friends available to provide assistance.

Overall, aging in place can be a positive experience for seniors who are able to maintain their independence, but it also presents some challenges and potential risks. It’s important for seniors and their families to carefully consider their individual circumstances and needs when deciding whether aging in place is the right choice.

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Additional resources are listed below.
The National Aging in Place Council® is a senior support network that connects service providers with elderly homeowners, their families, and caretakers. https://ageinplace.org/
https://www.nachi.org/documents/aging-in-place-inspection-checklist.pdf