While many older adults want to live at home during their golden years, they may be unable to accomplish this goal without some assistance. Day-to-day housekeeping chores can become more difficult or chronic health conditions may require skilled nursing.
Seniors who are worried that they will lose their autonomy if they move to a retirement home may instead want to rely on independent living communities and a new kind of service known as Aging in Place.
"The goal is to restore people to their best possible health so they can remain independent," professor of nursing Marilyn Rantz said."Once they are healthy, the additional care services are removed in order to minimize costs. AIP can be implemented by health care facilities and made available to seniors throughout the country."
Aging in Place has been used at Tiger Place, an independent living community, for the past four years and researchers have studied its effects. So far, it appears that living in this kind of housing can save thousands of dollars and keep seniors healthy and happy.
This approach could quickly become popular among older adults who are happy with their current residence and wish to stay there as they age.