Five Major Benefits of Aging in Place

 

 

Choosing the right long-term care arrangement for an elderly loved one is often a stressful and emotional time for family members. There are many factors to consider when making the decision, including the level of support required, costs associated with various options, and your elderly loved one’s preferences. For many older adults, there is a highly desirable alternative to traditional retirement homes or nursing facilities: aging in place. Let’s discuss the benefits below:

Maintain independence. Often, the thought of moving to a retirement home or nursing facility fills elderly adults with dread. They fear the loss of independence associated with such moves. Older adults who age in place are able to maintain their sense of independence while still receiving the assistance they need from an in-home caregiver. They have the comfort of familiar surroundings and can continue their daily routines as much as possible.

Have a furry friend. The positive impact of pet ownership on mental health is well-documented. Unfortunately, older adults who move into retirement facilities are often forced to re-home their pets. Those who choose to age in place can maintain the companionship provided by their furry friends– or even adopt a new pet to love.

Reduce exposure to illnesses. Elderly adults in nursing homes and retirement facilities are more regularly exposed to colds, influenza, and other highly contagious illnesses than their counterparts who age in place. Thus, living at home can reduce the risk of illness for your elderly loved one.

Maintain social networks. Many seniors have lived in the same neighborhoods, attended the same churches, and shopped at the same stores for decades. Aging in place allows seniors to maintain these social networks which are invaluable to their mental well-being.

More budget-friendly. While there are certainly costs associated with aging in place, they are often less significant than the cost of living in a nursing home. Therefore, aging in place isn’t just the morecomfortable option for your loved one; it’s typically a more affordable alternative as well.

Are you currently planning long-term care for a loved one? Contact us today for more information about aging in place.

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