Whether it be in their own homes or in a community, older people want to have control over their lives and be flexible enough to make their own lifestyle choices. These are the main reasons why the concept of “ageing in place” has become popular.
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute’s (AHURi) 2005 research revealed that older Australians are challenging the notions of ageing. For them, independence is one of the main factors why the elderly are choosing the option to age in place.
While ageing in place typically refers to ageing in one’s own home, the approach is now favoured by many independent living facilities, such as retirement villages or aged care communities. With these options, the focus is on providing a home-like approach with the benefits of social interaction and a place where senior couples can spend the rest of their lives together.
Maintaining identity is a major advantage of ageing in place. Independence and maintaining one’s autonomy is important for seniors since these can help ensure a high quality of life.
Other benefits include:
While ageing in place is becoming the preferred option for many, it’s not without its challenges. These include:
These challenges are part of the reason that aged care communities are offering an ageing in place approach. Although the person may be moving from their home, they will be moving into an apartment of their own which they can furnish as they wish. They will also have professional care on hand 24/7, lifestyle activities and neighbours of similar age and situation. This helps to reduce loneliness and social isolation and means that help is never far away if you need it.
This blog first appeared on Seasons Aged Care’s blog.