What is Aging in Place?
Aging in place, as the name implies, is aging in one set location. It can be in either your own home or in a place like a continuing care retirement community, which offers several levels of care in one location (such as independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing care). The purpose of aging in place is to remain in one spot—even as needs change—for comfort, familiarity, and security. It is the alternative to moving from place to place as medical and personal care needs change.
What Are Some Considerations for Aging in Place at Home?
It’s natural that, as we age, we want to stay home for as long as possible. But, too often, decisions to move to assisted living happen because of an emergency. When making the decision to age in place at home, you need to consider a lot of factors, including:
- Deciding on the level of care that you need
- Proximity to loved ones
- Proximity to health care providers
- Socialization needs
For homeowners debating whether or not they should age in place in their own homes, we recommend asking yourselves the following questions.