Posted by Positive Aging SourceBook on 01/10/2020

Understanding Aging in Place Options

Understanding Aging in Place Options

Never want to move? Want to receive the care and support you need in the home you love? Whether you are committed to remaining in your long-time family home or an amenity rich apartment community, there are plenty of options for aging in place. Start here to find them all.  

What aging in place options are available and how can they help me?

Homesharing is the practice of older adults renting extra rooms in their homes to supplement their income. Homeowners benefit from the additional social contact that a roommate can provide. They may also receive assistance with chores in exchange for a reduced rent. 

Home care is a large and diverse field. The basic home care options include companion care, home healthcare and skilled nursing care. 

Companion caregivers serve as surrogate family members and may offer assistance including meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, transportation and help with exercising. 

Home healthcare providers help older adults perform the activities of daily living they are no longer able to complete alone. These may include bathing, dressing, transferring, eating and toileting. Home healthcare providers may also offer some companion care services. 

Skilled nursing services are prescribed by a physician and delivered by a registered nurse. This type of care may include administering injections or medications, wound care, catheter care, respiratory therapy, or other medical tasks. 

Adult day care centers offer a variety of programs and amenities for older adults who need care and social opportunities during the day. Many providers offer assistance with the activities of daily living including eating, walking, toileting and medication management. They also generally offer a diverse schedule of activities including exercise programs. 

Villages are communities where residents work together to afford older adults the opportunity to remain in their homes as they age. Older adults receive volunteer support that allows them to maintain their independence. All residents benefit from enhanced multigenerational social connections. 

How should I find an aging in place provider? 

Use our research. Sourcebook features detailed articles, checklists, featured listings and comprehensive tables in each of our specific aging in place sections. Use these resources to begin your search for a provider or option that is right for you and your family. 

After selecting the type of provider that best fits your wants, needs and budget, you should start calling individual companies to request additional information. Most providers can offer detailed brochures and easy-to-understand financial information. 

Given all the options available, older adults and their families can easily age in the place they love—home. 

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