AGING IN PLACE
“There’s no place like home!”...The Wizard of Oz
It looks like Dorothy was right. A recent Chicago Tribune article (3/27/2016) quoted AARP's Aldea Douglas "Seventy-eight percent of 45-plus people say they want to stay in their current residences...and 80% want to stay in the same community"; and according to research by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP):
Almost all seniors (90%) want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as “aging in place.” Even if they begin to need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement, most (82%) would prefer to stay in their homes. Only a few express a preference for moving to a facility where care is provided (9%) or for moving to a relative’s home (4%).
Living under one’s own rules is a key reason for staying in one’s own home, with 42% of seniors choosing it as one of their top three considerations.
AARP identified housing features that seniors find are especially important in the later years as they begin to experience reduced eyesight, poorer balance, reduced flexibility, etc.:
☞ Safety features such as non-slip floor surfaces (80%)
☞ Bathroom safety accessories such as grab bars (79%)
☞ A personal alert system that allows people to call for help in emergencies (79%)
☞ Entrance without steps (77%)
☞ Wider doorways (65%)
☞ Lever-handled doorknobs (54%)
☞ Higher electrical outlets (46%)
☞ Lower electrical switches (38%)
The bad news is that most of these features do not currently exist in many seniors’ homes. The good news is that companies like CR Improvements are available to assist seniors with the home adaptations they need now or may need in the future to age in place.
Age well and age proudly,