The concept of “aging in place” is becoming more popular. Aging in place simply consists of staying at home and having a caregiver come to you for any assistance and medical care you need.
In this blog, we’ll go over seven of the top reasons to age in place.
Possibly the most important and convincing benefit of aging in place is the independence it provides. By staying in your own house, you continue to have control over your own routine, which can help you retain feelings of self-worth and dignity. At home, you can keep on participating in and contributing to your community.
You may be worried about accessibility and safety in your own home as opposed to a nursing home. However, it’s actually safer to stay at home. You’re familiar and comfortable with the space and you know where those potential danger spots are located. A few renovations or rearrangements with the help of family members or caregivers can also help with any accessibility problems.
3. Comfortable Environment
You’ve spent years, even decades, making your home somewhere you want to spend time. You took time picking out the curtains, decorating, and finding the perfect mattress. Leaving all of that to move into a nursing facility can be jarring and even painful.
When you move into a nursing home, you live in one room that has most of your needs. This sort of move requires picking and choosing the most important belongings to bring with you. When you decide to age in place, you can keep all your special mementos nearby.
4. Lower Cost
Depending on what’s important to you, living in a nursing home can become incredibly expensive. While any form of necessary caregiver costs money, a caregiver that comes to your home costs significantly less than a nursing facility. When you age in place, you’re only paying for the time that the caregiver spends at your home, rather than 24-hour care that might not be strictly necessary for you.
5. Stronger Relationships
In addition to the time you’ve spent on your home, you’ve also spent time on your relationships with the neighbors. Living in nursing home means having to forge new friendships with fellow seniors.
Staying at home also makes family visits easier. A nursing home can make family visits difficult as there isn’t as much space for the entire family and there’s a natural tension of being somewhere unfamiliar. At home, your children and grandchildren can come visit all at the same time and they all already have positive associations with the space.
6. Lower Risk of Illness
Numerous individuals live in a single nursing facility, and many may have failing immune systems. Staff members are constantly coming in and out, bringing in colds or germs from their own homes and daily lives. The moment one person in a nursing home gets a cold or the flu, chances are several other people will get sick too.
At home, you have more control over who can pass along illnesses to you. And the medical equipment your caregivers use will most likely be freshly cleaned and sterilized.
7. Animal Companionship
Your relationships with the people in your life are not the only important relationships you have. Most nursing homes don’t allow pets, so your furry best friend may have to be adopted by a friend or family member or taken to the shelter.
Also, studies show that having a furry friend can help boost mental health. If you have pets and would prefer to care for them yourself, aging in place may be a better choice than a nursing home.
To live comfortably and safely, learn more about your aging in place options today, and consider the benefits above as you make a decision.