Benefits of Aging at Home
Why Many Seniors Want to Stay in Their Homes
The decision to move out of your long-time home and into the unfamiliar setting of a senior care community is not appealing to many seniors. While many senior care communities are providing exceptional care and a desirable living environment, some seniors want to stay in their homes. Why? The answer may not only be a sentimental or emotional attachment to their house. Aging at home also provides other benefits to seniors. If a senior can age in place in their home safely, without significant risks, this can be a great option.
1. Maintain Independence
The central priority of many seniors is to maintain their independence. If they are able to do so, they may be able to remain in their home rather than moving to an Independent Living or Assisted Living community. There are many community resources—as well as programs like PACE—that are designed to help seniors who wish to live independently at home. If you or your loved one is expressing a desire to age in place, make sure you research and take advantage of the resources available in your community.
2. Stay in a Familiar Setting and Routine
For many seniors, leaving their home—and the familiar setting and routine—could have a detrimental impact on their mental health. There are benefits to keeping a senior in their home where they can safely enjoy a familiar environment and stick to their normal routine, whether that involves relaxing on the front porch, taking short neighborhood walks, or visiting with neighbors.
3. Cost Savings
It is no secret that the cost of long-term care for seniors is expensive. These costs are usually not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. The majority of seniors privately pay for these services meaning they pay out-of-pocket from their savings, assets, and other sources of income. If a senior can delay the move to an Assisted Living or skilled nursing facility by remaining in their home, they may experience significant cost savings.
If you or a loved one wants to age in place, we have a few tips:
- Plan ahead. There is no wrong time to start discussing your plans to age in place, even before you or a loved one reaches retirement age. When a senior is vocal about their desire to live at home as they age, family members can better plan for their future care.
- Hire help as needed. If you can no longer handle general housekeeping, grocery shopping, and lawn maintenance, communicate this to your family members. Perhaps a family member or friend can help with certain tasks, but other tasks may need to be hired out.
- Look into meal delivery plans. When cooking and meal preparation begins to feel like too much, consider local meal delivery services available to eligible seniors in your community.
If you or a loved one would like to continue to age in place in your home, but you feel some extra support is needed to make this possible, please reach out to learn more about McGregor PACE. Our services are available to eligible seniors living in Cuyahoga County.