Aging in Place

13 Feb, 2016

Aging in Place

The decision to move yourself or a family member into senior living or stay home is a difficult one.  Much of the senior industry is split on which option is actually the best one.  Research has been done to validate both options.  However, most can agree that aging in place is the best of both worlds.

What is Aging in Place?

Aging in place is the idea that one could receive all of their care needs in one place. Discover Caregivers - Aging in Place This means that as you need more care you would not need to move to a different facility with a higher level of care.  This is often contrary to what we hear and see in today’s senior environment.  A senior can age in place in different settings as wel
l.  The most commonly recognized setting is in the home; however, a senior could age in place in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) or senior living community as well.

To find senior living communities near you, please visit Elder Places.

How Can I Age in Place?

Today’s world is all about convenience.  The senior care industry is no different.  The first step to be able to age in place is to determine where you would like to live.  Would you rather live at home or in a senior living environment?

Once you have decided the environment that is best suited for you or your loved one, you must determine the needs and the cost to meet these needs.  A list of possible resources are shown below.  The number one cost associated with aging in place is the primary care attendant (caregiver).  To have a caregiver in your home for 24 hours per day is often more expensive than moving into a senior living community.  However, great sites like Discover Caregivers may be able to cut your cost of a caregiver by 50%.

The last key to aging in place is managing the care.  This can include keeping track of doctors appointments and specialty appointments, managing care staff, and transportation to and from medical appointments.  This can be a difficult task, but it is key in keeping a person healthy and safe.

Available Resources for Seniors

There are many resources available to seniors to help them be able to stay in their current living situation.  All of the following resources can be made available in the home:

  • General Practitioners
  • Dentist
  • Transportation
  • Care Staff
  • Mobile X-rays
  • Nurse
  • Therapists
  • Eye Doctors

Some or all of these resources may be a available in your area.  Thanks to the many resources available to seniors, aging in places is easier know than ever!

Steve

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