How Aging In Place May Benefit Seniors
Anyone who’s spent time in a hospital facility knows how comforting coming home to your own surroundings, and most importantly to your own bed feels. Seniors able to “age in place” with the assistance of in home care are able to receive the attention they need all in the comfort of their own homes. Families, and friends can also benefit from having a loved one at home in a familiar environment without worrying about visiting hours. According to The United States of Aging Survey, 90% aging adults prefer to remain in their own homes, and thanks to invaluable home health providers, and caregivers, staying put has become a viable option.
Keeping a Routine - Using a favorite coffee mug each morning, or enjoying a certain home fragrance is what makes a home. For elderly adults suffering with memory issues, it’s that familiarity that helps retain cognition for as long as possible. Change can be traumatizing especially when it breaks a normal routine. Daily rituals from household chores, to meal planning, and even things like shopping at the same market help seniors feel more confident, and secure.
Enjoying Greater Freedom - Aging in place gives seniors the freedom to come and go as they desire, enjoy a favorite television program, or have a beloved companion animal. Staying in their own communities surrounded by the neighbors, and amenities they’re used to gives aging adults some stability versus being uprooted to an assisted living facility. Many home care providers offer services such as meal preparation, and housekeeping that allows seniors to spend time doing what they love without hassling cumbersome chores.
All In the Family - Visiting mom and dad at home is the ideal situation for children, and grandchildren. Seeing family photographs, the old recliner, and familiar faces is an experience everyone can share in comfort, and privacy without staff coming in and out, or time restrictions. In a nursing home facility young children may not understand why grandma or grandpa cannot interact with them they way they’d be able to in their home environment. Aging in place builds healthy interactive relationships for an enriching life.
Flexible Home Options - Seniors have the freedom to make home modifications to suit their individual needs whether it’s to accommodate mobility devices, or take advantage of modern technology such automatic timers, or remote climate control. Rather than settling with what an assisted living facility offers residents, homeowners can tailor their homes based on what they actually need rather than paying for amenities they may not require.