Elder Orphans and the Security of Aging in Place
Children learn to walk at an early age in a quest for independence, yet we often desire the comfort of our accustomed surroundings as adults. For years, aging adults moved to a long-term residential care facility rather than remain at home and risk a life-threatening injury. Innovations to solve every day problems, like installing grab bars and shower rails, now allow for more seniors to age in place and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This trend will continue to grow as more technology and solutions are developed to assist with aging adults who remain in a home.
The benefits of aging in place begin with the familiarity of a senior’s home where a neighbor stops by for coffee every Tuesday, or the kids who live across the street wave hello as they exit the bus. These welcome moments can inspire a peaceful life, and encourage the continuation of an engaged lifestyle.
While remaining in the home may appear to be idyllic, there are practical concerns, such as preventing injuries or avoiding isolation. When seniors age in place, small changes to the home—like updating fixtures in favor of ergonomic ones, widening doorways, or remodeling a bathroom—add to long-term quality of life. With planning, these adaptations to the home can be completed long before retirement. Seniors who wish to remain independent may also consider moving to a single-floor, wheelchair-accessible home.
For more thoughts on the benefits of aging in place and how seniors can maintain autonomy, please visit Understanding A Senior’s Motivations for Aging in Place and The Three Main Challenges to Aging in Place.