What is Aging in Place?

As we get older, we may have to make certain accommodations to how we live our life based on our age. This may be things such as reducing how frequently we drive longer distances at night or transitioning from full time work to part time or retirement.

 

“Aging in place” is a phrase used to refer to someone’s ability to successfully live in their home and community as independently as possible as they get older. To do this, an individual’s environment needs to be adapted to suit their changing needs. The goal of aging in place is for an individual to remain in their home for as long as they possibly can rather than moving into residential aged care prematurely.

 

The key elements of aging in place include:

Modifying the home

To remain at home, home modifications and tools may be needed to keep the primary aspects of the house accessible to use. For example, walk in baths or stair lifts might need to be installed based on an older person’s mobility.

 

Receiving Support Services

Accessing support services such as home care to assist with certain activities such as home maintenance or meeting medical needs means that general independence is maintained within the older person’s capacity

 

Community Engagement

Staying connected with friends, family and the wider community is essential in maintaining a sense of belonging. Poor social and emotional health through isolation has great negative impacts on an individual’s physical health which makes its harder to age well.

 

While this may not prevent the need for someone to enter into residential aged care, aging in place means looking after your health as you age to increase quality of life.

 

With our Scalabrini Social Hub, we can help you or your loved one while aging in place. Please contact us at enquiries@scalabrini.com.au or call 1800 722 522 for more information.