Aging in place. It’s become somewhat of a buzzword in the industry. They sell it well.
Who doesn’t want to stay in their homes for as long as possible? When we look around our homes, we see warmth and comfort. It’s a place we can be who we are.
Aging in place is more than living in the space we’ve called home for years. Aging in place is also about having the resources necessary to transition to different phases of our lives as easily as possible.
When remodeling a home, different life changes are taken into consideration. Doorways are expanded to handle wheelchair accessibility. Fixtures are upgraded for easy on/off access. Ramps are installed instead of stairs.
But aging in place isn’t just about your home. Aging in place also refers to how well you maintain your lifestyle through all changes of life. It takes into account your personal, practical, financial, and spiritual needs as well. Things like:
Personal – How well are everyday needs met? When a person can no longer perform daily tasks unassisted, who will help? This is often a system of paid and personal help.
Practical – A home always takes work to maintain it. How will you fit weekend chores and “honey do” items into regular routines?
Financial – Aging in place may put a roof over your head, but it doesn’t cover all the incidentals to living. Where will income come from to pay to maintain your lifestyle?
Spiritual – A healthy, happy spiritual life means having a sense of well-being. No matter who you are or what phase of life you’re in, it’s important to have daily routines that provide you with peace and calm.
Aging in place can leave a person feeling a little isolated when they no longer can get out of the house. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you think about all of your options – not just the height of a sink or the width of a doorway – body, mind, and spirit can all be taken care of in the right manner. And aging in place can lead to a happier, calmer life.