Baby Boomers Aging in Place
Do You Want to Age at Home?
The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) says that more than 90 percent of older adults would prefer to age at home rather than move to senior housing.
The Center for Disease Control defines aging in place as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level."
Some reasons for aging at home include:
- Aging at home is comfortable. Baby boomers have indicated they would prefer to stay in their home because of the familiar surroundings and the comfort of their own environment.
- Aging in your own home gives the aging adult some control and allows choices and options to participate in their care. Planning ahead and exploring all their options will help the aging adult choose the services that best suit their needs. Receiving care at home allows them to have more say and an individualized approach to their care.
- Aging at home allows for maximum amount of freedom for the individual. Baby boomers are more likely to be found in the gym, spending time volunteering, or on the internet. Remaining at home allows them to engage in daily routine, as health permits, in the least restrictive environment.
- Living out the rest of their days at home, in a safe environment contributes to a healthier, happier aging adult.
Home Modifications/Assistive Technology
Not all homes are designed and built with an aging adult in mind, therefore, modifications may be required to make the home a safe environment for the occupants. Some of the basic modifications include:
- Addition of grab bars to the bathroom to assist with bathing/showering or using the toilet.
- The use of a shower chair/bath seat to lessen the chance of falls.
- Installation of a toilet seat riser.
- A stair lift may be necessary to get up and down outside or inside stairs.
- A walk-in tub or barrier-free shower reduces the risk of falling.
- When mobility is limited, a floor or ceiling lift allows the caregiver to move the aging adult without assistance.
- A lift chair will assist with sitting or standing.
- A power scooter is useful for persons with mobility challenges.
- Something as basic as a reacher to grasp small objects or items not within one's reach.
- Access ramps will help with ingress and egress when mobility is an issue.
- Take a look at our Home Accessibility Brochure for additional home modifications and safety suggestions.
There’s no time like the present to plan for aging in place — whether you’re planning for yourself or a family member. Preparing for aging in place ensures that you and your loved ones will be able to live in your homes and communities for as long as possible
Not sure if home modifications are in the budget? Most seniors have equity in their home and little or no mortgage, therefore, the equity in the home can be used to secure the funds to make the modifications and remain in the home longer.
Contact us online, by phone at (858) 769-0444 or stop in and talk with our experienced and knowledgeable staff!
One of the main challenges as one ages is transportation. Most aging adults reach a point where either he or she chooses to stop driving or a loved one suggests it might be time to hang-up the car keys. How does one get to appointments, shopping, church, or out with friends? A city has public transportation, the suburbs, many times do not or it is limited. Depending on family and friends can become a burden over time.
The up keep of the property is also a factor. Who will cut the grass, trim trees, clear sidewalks if snow is a factor? Does your present home have a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor? What is the cost of remodeling to add a first floor bedroom and bath?
Resources in the community such as meal delivery service, “friendly visitors,” housekeeping, home health aides, transportation, or other in-home assistance might provide enough support. Check with the local agencies for older adults.
Six Things To Know About Aging In Place
Here is a brief video to give you some information about 'Aging in Place".