What is aging in place?
Aging in place is when someone decides to continue to live independently in their own house or community whilst still remaining comfortable with their living conditions. Aging in place also means that that person is able to live comfortably regardless of their wealth, ability, or most commonly their age. Someone who is very old but still able to live by themselves and function well is a good example of aging in place.
How can someone safely age in place?
The older we get; the more dangerous everyday tasks can be. However certain modification can be made to the home of someone who is aging in place more safe for them to move around and do basic tasks. Handrails, lower cabinets, and chairs that are easy to get in and out of can all be helpful modifications to make someone who is aging in place’s life easier.
Why would someone choose to age in place?
Someone choosing to age in place might be uncomfortable with the idea of living somewhere that they don’t consider “home”. They might also think that assisted living might not be right for them. Try to put yourself in their shoes of someone who is aging in place and think about what it would be like to be moved out of the home you have been in for so long. They might also simply think that they aren’t ready for it.
When should someone stop aging in place?
For most people, at some point in their lives will need to move from aging in place to living somewhere where they are cared for by someone else. The most common cause for someone needing to stop aging in place is that they have some new health condition or a health condition that has worsened to the point where they are no longer able to safely care for themselves. For example, if someone who is aging in place starts to forget medication or doing basic tasks. If you think that someone needs to be moved from aging in place to an assisted living situation, try bringing up the idea and see how they feel about it. It is important to have a conversation with them about how they feel about it and if you can help explain anything or relieve them of any of their fears of moving to assisted living from aging in place.
When you are the loved one of someone who is currently aging in place, you may be a bit anxious about whether or not they are safe. However, if there are no apparent signs of someone who is living in place being unable to care for themselves you should let them continue to live in place. Try to start the conversation with them about what their thoughts are and if they would like to move to assisted living instead of aging in place. Be sure to be supportive of them and try your best not to push them out of aging in place.