AARP found that approximately 85% of older Americans want to “age in place,” or live at home for as long as possible. The results of the survey surprise no one, and here is why:You want to. We spend decades making our house a home, filling it with memories and the things that we love. It is familiar and comfortable; it’s our home. You can. With the growing ranks of baby boomers there has never been more products and services dedicated to helping older Americans. The demand created by the consumer block has also driven down prices for products like medical alarms, grab bars, enhanced lighting, stair lifts, elevators, and adjustable beds and chairs. In addition, there has been a proliferation of services like Meals on Wheels, transportation, concierge services and non-medical home care to help keep you safe and comfortable at home. It’s cheaper. The majority of older Americans has paid off their mortgage or has a nominal mortgage amount. Contrast this to a monthly rent of $5,000 in personal care or an assisted living facility or even $9,000 or more to a nursing home monthly. It would only be a fraction of the cost to hire services to maintain your lawn, clean your home, and have a caregiver come out several times per week to help you run errands and assist with chores around the house. You have more control. In your home its your time, your money, and you call the shots. You are king of the castle. At a senior living facility their activities and services are scheduled and you must compete for the workers’ attention. Small decisions like what, where and when you eat are relegated to the cafeteria menu and dining schedule of the community. Staying home keeps you younger. By overseeing and performing the daily activities of the upkeep of your home, managing your finances and other activities of living, it is proven that you keep yourself more physically and mentally active, and in-touch with the real world. “I cannot tell you how many active, older adults tell me that they are moving out of their home. In a short time they decline physically and mentally,” says Dr. Frank D’Amico. “In my experiences, moving out of one’s house and into senior living seems to be the pivot point in one’s life that marks a digression.” Keep your friends. Chances are that you have family, friends, and neighbors that you enjoy spending time with. You are part of your community and its part of you. Your church, volunteer group, favorite diner and hot spots are left behind when you move. Staying home may not be for everyone but for those who can stay home find themselves in a good place – home sweet home! For more information about how in-home care services can keep you or your loved one safer and healthier at home, call Home Instead Senior Care at 610-770-7773.Non-medical in home care services include companionship, errands, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medical appointments, transportation, and personal care like bathing, dressing and more. Home Instead Senior Care serves the seniors of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania from their Whitehall, PA office 3722 Lehigh Street Suite 408, Whitehall, PA 18052.
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