10 Benefits of Aging in Place at Home
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 8:00 am
Written by Chuck Carlisle
More and more Americans are choosing to build safe, independent homes that allow them to age in place.
It’s no wonder that this option is becoming more popular; in addition to helping them avoid assisted living facilities, aging in place offers a huge number of benefits to homeowners. Read on to learn the several benefits of aging in place at home.
Benefits of Aging in Place
1. Less change
As you age, a lot can change. Being in a familiar home can make these changes easier and even keep you safer. By staying in your home, you can find your way around even with poor eyesight and are able to find the items you need even if you start forgetting where your keys are.
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2. More comfort
Being in your own bed surrounded by your own photos and items brings unspeakable comfort. If you move to an assisted living facility, you may have to give some of these things up. When you stay in your home, you often feel more comfortable even if you need to bring in outside help or care.
3. Private family time
Your home is the heart of your family. Your private residence provides ample space for friends and family to gather at a familiar location. At an assisted living facility, your apartment may not be large enough to host the whole family, pushing you into public spaces for less-intimate family get-togethers.
4. A lower cost of living
Living in an assisted living facility can be expensive, with fees including rent and administrative costs. However, depending on your health status, your location and if you’ve paid off your mortgage, living at home may be much more cost effective.
5. Lower overall healthcare costs
According to the National Aging in Place Council, healthcare costs average $60,000 per year for someone at an assisted living facility and only $23,000 per year for someone aging in place.
Aging in place not only saves individuals money, but it can help save Medicare and Medicaid costs, helping these programs be more sustainable for future generations.
6. Pet ownership
Assisted living facilities may not allow pets or the size of the apartments and rooms may be too small to accommodate larger dogs or other animals. By staying at home, you can have a yard for your pet and keep your companion for comfort or service.
7. Reduced risk of illnesses
In addition to convenience, there are also health benefits of aging in place. With so many people living close together in a senior living facility, you may actually have a greater chance of catching infectious diseases like colds, flus or stomach bugs. At home you are exposed to fewer people who may spread these germs.
8. Independent lifestyle
Many seniors take pride in living an independent life. It can be emotionally jarring to have to leave your home and lose the freedoms you once had with your own schedule. When you plan to age in place, you can put resources into place that help you stay independently at home even if you do become ill or injured.
9. Personalized care
When living at home, you can choose from home health agencies and services that fit your individual needs and schedule. You have greater flexibility in who to hire, how often they visit you and what services they provide, giving you greater control over your life and finances.
10. Maintain your community relationships
When moving away from home to an assisted living facility, it may be difficult to keep up your current friendships, relationships and activities. You may be further from your church, family members, and recreational clubs you are a part of. These all become important components of your life as you age. Depending on where you live, you may also have an easier time socializing because the whole neighborhood is at a similar stage in life. For instance, Lake Margaret in the Highlands not only provides maintenance, but is senior-friendly. As a golf community, it even offers easy access to activities.
Your Home Helps You Age in Place
Your home is often the deciding factor on whether or not you can age in place. If your home doesn’t accommodate a wheelchair or has many steps, it’s unlikely that you can live on your own safely.
That’s why it’s important to plan to age in place when building a new home. Work with your home builder to design a house that supports safety, independence and other benefits of aging in place.
At LifeStyle Home Builders, we help you create a home that fits your needs through retirement and beyond. From doorway size to elevation changes, first floor bedrooms to zero-entry showers, we know what’s possible when you build your lifelong home.