As people get older and start needing day-to-day assistance, they must first decide what form that assistance should take: should a registered caregiver visit daily or weekly, should a home monitoring system be installed, or is it time to make the move to assisted living?
The ideal solution is different for everyone, but at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, we’ve seen the benefits of aging in place, and believe in the power of those benefits to keep aging individuals’ quality of life as high as possible for as long as possible.
Here are 5 benefits of aging in place:
Benefit 1: Maintain independence
The reason for the desire to age in place expressed most often by seniors is the wish to live by one’s own rules. For many adults the loss of independence feels infantilizing and disempowering; aging in place preserves peoples’ independence, allowing them to reserve the right to eat dinner at 3pm or 11pm, to take a walk after breakfast, go see a movie in the middle of the day, and feel in control of their own lives.
Benefit 2: Be close
Not only to their home and possessions, but also to family, friends, and activities. Individuals who age in place can have visitors whenever they wish (instead of at prescribed times only) and keep beloved pets; in situations where one member of a couple is healthier or more mobile than the other, the two can remain together.
While remaining in the home they love can be critical to aging individuals’ happiness, it’s important to remember that rates of loneliness range from 20-60% in older populations; socialization is key to aging in place happily and healthy.
Benefit 3: Stay healthier
Illnesses tend to spread faster through places where many people live together, such as assisted living facilities. Aging in place can help prevent the annual colds and flus that affect millions of Americans, and potentially reduce hospital visits and medical costs.
Benefit 4: Keep routines
Drastic changes in routine are distressing to most people, especially those who may have had the same schedule and habits for 50 or more years. Aging in place is less disruptive because it may only involve a few smaller changes (for example, the installation of a home monitoring system or weekly visits from a new professional caregiver) instead of a move to a new place with new people and a new schedule.
Benefit 5: Minimize costs
Assisted living costs an average of $200 per day, and live-in nurses can cost thousands per month. Aging in place can be a more affordable — and overall healthier — alternative.
To contact us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Please call us at (561) 588-4545. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!