Aging in place can be a fun and healthy transition for many St. Louis seniors. In fact, 90% of adults over the age of 65 report that they would prefer to live independently as they age. In 2014, 33% of American households are home to one or more residents 60 years of age or older.
Here are the top 5 reasons aging in place is becoming increasingly popular:
The Aging Adult Is in Control of Their Health-Related Decisions
Aging adults want and expect to be an active participant in their own health related decisions. Planning ahead, having choices, and exploring all their options let residents receive the best health services according to their values. Receiving services at home allows them to voice their opinion and have an individualized approach to their care.
Aging in Place Is Consistent, Comfortable, & Familiar
Baby boomers have indicated that they prefer to stay in their own homes as they age. Being surrounded by loved ones is the quality of life that many have come to expect as they age in place. Therefore, not only is living in your home more familiar and comfortable, but it is often easier for loved ones to stay close. This consistency and familiarity can also give loved ones peace of mind that the older adult is happy and comfortable.
Residents Can Personalize Their Level of Care
As we age, eventually we may require assistance at home. Receiving care at home can meet the specific needs of each person. It also allows one-on-one attention and interaction.
Aging in Place Contributes to a Healthy, Safe, & Happy Life
In addition to living independently, baby boomers are more concerned with their health and the quality of their life than previous generations. There is a growing industry of home modifications and technological advances to meet their needs as they age at home. This movement, when appropriate, replaces the services provided by a nursing home. Living out the rest of their days at home, in a safe environment, contributes to a healthier, happier aging adult.
Aging in Place Promotes Healing
As our physical bodies or health declines, recovering from an injury or dealing with sickness can be difficult. Aging in place allows for a more holistic approach to our care. For an older adult, there is no place like home for successful aging. Living in the familiar surroundings and being around loved ones heals the mind and spirit, not just the body. Minimizing change also helps create less confusion in older adults and can help extend their lives.