Aging in place is not a magic formula. Rather, it is a choice seniors can make to try to ensure a higher quality of life and control their circumstances as they age. It is a decision that requires some planning, so to get you started we’ve created a series to cover high-level topics to get you started.
Through these pages you will explore a number of aging in place topics, including information about your home, community and others that you will need to consider while creating your aging in place plan. We’ve called this, “The Basics”. Think of this as a “primer” to jump-start your age in place discovery.
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You will see the Aging in Place Basics menu in the top-right of this page that will guide you through the age in place topic pages. (It will be present on every page of this section.) To get you started, we’ve also included the links below.
What is Aging in Place?
Aging in place means being able to live in the home of your choice for as long as you are able, while being able to get any assistance you require as your needs change. It sounds pretty cut and dry. Keep in mind a person’s quality of life is at stake… so, there is a lot more too it than you think.
Home remodeling is just one part of an aging in place plan. Many times it is one of the first things people think about. Mainly due, of course, because some of the first impacts of aging are felt at home. Projects can range from simple to complex, and all should be approached with safety in mind.
Aging in Place Technology
Technology can provide real benefits to seniors aging in place. These assistive devices can help you create a more safe and enjoyable lifestyle. Devices range from low-tech to high-tech, and should be chosen based on functionality and ease of use.
There are many choices available when building an aging in place plan and where a person lives is one of them. The features and resources available can have a large impact on a senior’s quality of life.
Another major aging in place consideration is health care. Keeping in good health helps ensure a higher quality of life. Access to adequate health care resources in your community can prevent many obstacles for seniors and being healthy contributes to a brighter outlook on life.
As a senior ages, the need for outside assistance increases. Knowing what services you might need for aging in place and where they are available can help make planning much easier. It will also relieve some stress in the long run.
Finances & Legal
Making proper financial and legal preparations can make or break an aging in place plan. It will also reduce peace of mind and a senior’s quality of life. The decisions that are made for a home, care and even daily living will be impacted by the planning you make in the areas of money and legal.
Aging in Place Planning
Proper planning (if you haven’t guess yet) is the best thing a person can do to ensure they have the lifestyle, quality of life and, eventually, care that they want as they continue to age. If a senior doesn’t have an aging in place plan that covers their wishes and wants, making preparations as best as they can, then decisions will eventually be left up to someone else.
Other aging in place topics
Aging in Place Home Ideas
Room-by-room examples and ideas for home remodeling and your home life to create a more safe and easy-to-use environment for aging in place.
Home Remodeling Showcase
Real life aging in place home solutions remodeling jobs built for people just like you by professionals across the United States. Includes photos and a brief description of each.