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Aging In Place

According to the Journal of Housing for the Elderly, ‘aging in place’ means not having to move from one’s present residence in order to secure necessary support services in response to changing needs. 

An AARP survey indicated that more than 80%  of seniors want to stay in their homes for the rest of their lives.  It’s a familiar and comfortable environment, prompting feelings of safety, security and independence.  Some key facts about aging in place:

  • 70% of seniors spend the rest of their lives where they lived at the age of 65
  • Fewer elders than ever before are living in nursing homes
  • Elders need varying levels of support to remain at home as their needs change

Some studies on Aging in place among elders show:

  • Aging in place allows seniors to maintain social networks.  According to a study completed at Harvard University, elders with no social ties were at increased risk of cognitive decline (compared with seniors who had 5 or 6 ocial ties)
  • Relocating to obtain needed supportive services results in a significant loss of qualify of life, personal control and dignity
  • A move resulting in the loss of familiar people, friendships and the bility to complete community activities such as shopping, can cause lower functional independence, often resulting in confusion and diminished self-help capacity
  • Loss of freedom and mobility in seniors can cause depression and listlessness
  • Home-based services are tailored precisely to an senior’s level of need, avoiding both overcare and undercare
  • In the home, caregivers provide help as needed with meal preparation, cleaning, bathing, dresing and other personal care assistance

The majority of seniors want to remain in their homes – and for good reason.  Relocating to receive support services can cause cognitive delcine through the loss of social networks, familiar environments and functional independence. 

Lighthouse Caregiver Systems installs technology to help seniors stay where they want to be — in their own homes.

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