“Aging in place” is describing the senior citizens’ ability to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Those who age in place will not have to move from their present residence in order to secure necessary support services in response to their changing needs as they age.
Why do many senior citizens prefer to to stay in their own home?
Too many Nursing Homes, Represent a loss of freedom
And a reduced quality of life.
Here are a few good reasons why these fears are justified:
- In 2007, inspectors received 37,150 complaints about conditions in nursing homes. Roughly one-fifth of the complaints verified by federal and state authorities involved the abuse or neglect of patients. Specific problems included infected bedsores, medication mix-ups, poor nutrition, and other forms of neglect. The proportion of nursing homes cited for deficiencies ranged from 76% in Rhode Island to as high as 100% in Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington, D.C.
- Many cases have been exposed in which nursing homes billed Medicare and Medicaid for services that were not provided. A significant percentage of nursing homes had deficiencies that caused immediate jeopardy or actual harm to patients.
Aging-in-Place Inspections: Inspectors may recommend corrections and adaptations to the home to improve maneuverability, accessibility, and safety for elderly occupants for their home. Some such alterations and recommendations for a home are:
Appliances, Bathrooms, Counters, Exterior Areas, Entry Doors, Electrical, Lighting, Safety and Security,
Faucets, Flooring, Hallways, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Overall Floor Plans,
Reduced Maintenance and Convenience Features, Stairways, Lifts and Elevators,
Storage, Windows, Garage Inspection and much more!
- Remodel your home before your mobility becomes limited. As you age, changes in mobility, hearing, vision and overall health and flexibility will affect how easily you function in your home. Consider making your home “age-friendly” as a phased-in and budgeted home improvement, rather than waiting until you need many modifications at a time due to a health problems or issues.
- If you decide before you retire that you want to live in your current home through the remainder of life, consider paying for “big ticket – long life” home projects while you still have a healthy income. Such items may include having the roof assessed or replaced, replacing and upgrading the water heater or cooling unit, having a septic tank inspection and replacement, as needed, and purchasing a riding lawn mower. The little things may be done over time and inexpensively.
- InterNACHI and Black Hills Professional Home Inspections advocates a healthy living style, as it plays a vital role in your ability to age in place. Most seniors leave their homes due to functional and mobility limitations that result from medical crises, and an inability to pay for support to stay with them in their home. Effectively managing health risks and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help you stay strong, age well, and live long at your own home. Seniors tend to be happier when they get to stay in the home, that has meant so much to them over the years. A pet is also a great way to stay happy as you age and you cannot have your beloved pet in a nursing home. Many that loose these cherished things will age faster and make them unhappy, this can also lead to accelerated health issues.