Aging in Place Guide: About Aging in Place

The following pages will highlight the important facts and factors when choosing Aging in Place as your care plan. Be sure to browse the links in the top right corner to learn all about Aging in Place.

You're afraid your mom's not eating enough. She slipped in the shower last week and got a nasty bruise. Dad's recovering from a hip replacement and he seems depressed since your mom died. Your grandmother is fighting breast cancer and needs someone to drive her to chemo. You go over to help out as much as you can but you can't quit your job, and you still have kids at home and their college expenses to think about.

Aside from parenting, most adults experience the caregiver role as guardians-officially or unofficially-of their aging parents.  A 2009 AARP survey found that 85% of all Americans over the age of 65 state they'd like to stay in their own homes as they age. Aging in place allows people to stay in their own homes and communities. In order to stay at home, many older adults need added assistance, and their homes may need some safety and comfort modifications. In fact, some contractors and construction companies have begun to specialize in aging-in-place renovations.

But the ability to continue to live at home is about more than just support bars in the bathroom and remote-controlled appliances.  Read on to see the ten key factors in deciding whether your parent can live at home.

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