Seniors are the fastest growing segment of our population, and the vast majority of them seek to stay put. Between 2000-2010, the number of older Americans in the United States grew at a faster rate than that of the total population according to new figures from the Census Bureau. In 2010, people over the age of 65 numbered more than 40 million. A survey conducted by AARP, showed that almost 90% of seniors wish to remain in their homes. Aging in place is the term used to describe the choice that seniors make to stay in their homes as long as they’re able, while services are brought in as needed. Aging in place is a great option; but only if the senior is able to maintain their quality of life while doing so.
There are many benefits to aging in place. In addition to being most comfortable and familiar, a person’s home ideally, is filled with wonderful memories. Furthermore, seniors remaining in their homes maintain an amount of control, dignity, independence and security. Additionally, the home is often in closer proximity to one’s family and friends and to trusted service providers.
However appealing aging in place may be, it can’t just happen effectively on its own. Careful planning, precautions and forethought need be taken in order to maximize the likelihood of safe and successful aging in place.
Fortunately, service providers dedicated to preserving the health, well-being and safety of seniors, are available to help the aging at home process go smoothly. Especially important, are home health care organizations that provide the same level of specialty attention to clients at home, as they’d receive in other health care settings.
This blog will be a destination for individuals wishing to stay current on facts, figures, trends and innovations relating to seniors and home health care. Please check back as we explore the various options of aging in place, and what seniors and family members should do in preparation for this next phase in their lives.