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What does it mean to age in place?

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 10:02 pm on

Aging in place is a term that is being used more often as older adults are expressing the desire to remain in the familiar comforts of home rather than move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. The term is generally used to describe household modifications and support services that allow the senior to live in their home for as long as possible.

While aging in place is often associated with the physical changes made to a home to ensure a senior’s safety, the opportunity to age in place can provide enormous benefits beyond physical needs. These benefits can include but are not limited to:

  • Comfort – Remaining at home is often the most comfortable option for a senior. They are in a familiar environment surrounded by their own personal belongings, allowing them to feel safe and secure. Aging in place also allows the senior to skip the trauma of having to relocate and the feeling that their belongings, and in some cases their freedoms, are being “taken away.” As mentioned previously, additional support services such as in-home care can be utilized for meal preparation, medication reminders, transportation and more. With the support of a reliable Sonoma County home care agency, seniors can enjoy maximum comfort at home.
  • Independence – Being able to age in place gives seniors the opportunity to maintain as much independence as possible. They can continue with their regular routines, frequenting their local grocery store, attending Sunday service at their church and meeting with friends in the neighborhood. The ability to continue living at home gives a senior a sense of control as they enter their golden years and also helps promote feelings of independence.
  • Mental Health – Our surroundings can influence how we feel mentally. If a senior is able to continue residing in an environment they are comfortable in, they can remain happy and in good spirits. These mental health factors play a large role in combating common senior conditions such as depression and inactivity, which helps to promote overall quality of life. For seniors and families who are concerned about isolation and loneliness, support services such as companionship care can be utilized on an hourly basis. Caregiver companions are available for a variety of stimulating and productive activities which can make a large difference in their outlook and quality of life. Click here to learn more about hourly home care in Sonoma County.

While aging is inevitable, helping your loved one create a plan for their future will allow them to have greater control over their quality of life and independence. For more information about in-home care, contact Home Care Assistance of Sonoma County at 707-843-4368. We provide hourly and live-in care as well as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s care in Sonoma County so that seniors, no matter what their abilities, can age in place safely and comfortably.