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How Aging in Place May Benefit Seniors


April 30, 2022 • Fenny Peiffer

How Aging in Place may Benefit Seniors

Anyone who’s spent time in a hospital facility knows how comforting coming home to your own surroundings, and most importantly your own bed feels. Seniors able to “age in place” with the assistance of in-home care can receive the attention they need all in the comfort of their own homes. Families and friends can also benefit from having a loved one at home in a familiar environment without worrying about visiting hours. According to The United States of Aging Survey, 90% of aging adults prefer to remain in their own homes, and thanks to invaluable home health providers, and caregivers, staying put has become a viable option.

 

Keeping a Routine

Using a favorite coffee mug each morning or enjoying a certain home fragrance is what makes a home. For elderly adults suffering from memory issues, it’s that familiarity that helps retain cognition for as long as possible. Change can be traumatizing, especially when it breaks a normal routine. Daily rituals from household chores to meal planning, and even things like shopping at the same market help seniors feel more confident and secure.

 

Enjoying Greater Freedom

Aging in place gives seniors the freedom to come and go as they desire, enjoy a favorite television program, or have a beloved companion animal. Staying in their own communities surrounded by the neighbors, and amenities they’re used to gives aging adults some stability versus being uprooted to an assisted living facility. Many home care providers offer services such as meal preparation, and housekeeping that allow seniors to spend time doing what they love without hassling with cumbersome chores.

 

All In the Family

Visiting mom and dad at home is the ideal situation for children and grandchildren. Seeing family photographs, the old recliner, and familiar faces is an experience everyone can share in comfort, and privacy without staff coming in and out, or time restrictions. In a nursing home facility, young children may not understand why grandma or grandpa cannot interact with them the way they’d be able to in their home environment. Aging in place builds healthy interactive relationships for an enriching life.

 

Flexible Home Options

Seniors have the freedom to make home modifications to suit their individual needs whether it’s to accommodate mobility devices or take advantage of modern technology such as automatic timers, or remote climate control. Rather than settling with what an assisted living facility offers residents, homeowners can tailor their homes based on what they need rather than paying for amenities they may not require.

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