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What are the Benefits of Aging in Place?

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“Aging in place” refers to living in the home safely and independently for as long as possible. With modern technology, medical alert devices and assistance from a home health care agency, living at home is both realistic and sensible for many older adults.

If you are considering this route for yourself or a loved one, it’s helpful to understand the benefits to expect by aging in place. Even if you eventually go on to live in an assisted living facility, staying in the home for as long as possible can significantly cut costs, maintain your independence and improve the quality of life.

Below are the main benefits to consider by choosing an aging in place arrangement.

Aging in place costs less.

Money is important when planning for long-term care expenses. Not all assisted living facilities accept Medicare, which means once you run out of money, you may have to leave. For facilities that do accept Medicare, the waiting lists can be long.

For some families, it makes financial sense to age in place. Family members, neighbors and home health aides can fill in the gaps and make sure that you have everything you need to be safe and healthy. For example, Doctor’s Choice in Florida offers home health services 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Pay only for the services you need.

Living in your home is most comfortable.

Most people agree that staying in their homes is most comfortable. You get to keep all your favorite things, plus remain in a community that you’ve grown to know and love. Plus, you don’t have to worry about sharing your room with a roommate who you may not get along with.

Of course, it’s always recommended to go through the home and make the necessary safety improvements. A simple slip or fall can set you back many months. Here are some of the things we recommend doing:

  • Remove trip hazards
  • Install bathroom grab bars
  • Have plenty of seating around the home (i.e., stools, benches)
  • Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Install bright lighting

Staying at home maintains your independence (and the positive feelings that come with it).

People who age in place often progress more slowly with memory loss. This is believed to be the case because they are maintaining their independence, staying connected to their social circle and living in a familiar environment that triggers memories.

When you age in place, you are able to lead much of your normal life and continue doing the things you love. This keeps your skills sharp and protects you from cognitive decline. You also get to choose what you want to do (when to eat your meals, shower, etc.), plan your own activities and keep your home intact.

If you believe that aging in place is right for you, rest assured that you don’t have to do everything alone. Home health agencies can provide you with the help and support you need to recover from surgery, manage your medications and care for chronic illnesses. This will allow you to stay in your home longer and reap the benefits that come from aging in place.

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