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Aging in Place
Wellness Coordinator Avenues by Porter Hills
Avenues by Porter Hills is a membership program for people who live at home and have services come to them.
We help our members stay independent, proactively pursuing optimum health and wellness. If their health status changes, they are assured access to quality services in their homes.
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What is aging in place?
Aging in place is a term used to describe a person living in the residence of their choice, for as long as they are able, as they age. The focus of aging in place is to help seniors ensure they can live where they choose and get any help they need for as long as they can.
What is the goal of aging in place?
A primary goal of aging in place is to be able to maintain and/or improve the quality of life. In order to do that, creating a plan focusing on self, home, finances, and potential care needs is essential.
Aging in place is a choice.
Deciding to age in place means you are choosing:
- How you want to live your life
- How you want your home to be set up
- What your health care choices will be
- What types of assistance you may need
- What your wishes are for major life events (illness, financial, housing)
Aging in place can minimize the burden of caring for loved ones.
Planning for the future is one of the best gifts you can give to your loved ones. When there’s a plan in place caregivers are empowered to make informed decisions that honor your wishes.
What are some of the challenges of aging in place?
- The cost of aging in place. If home care services are required to assist with the tasks of daily living the costs can be high and exceed the daily cost of moving to assisted living. Insurance typically does not cover these expenses.
- If you are no longer able to drive you will be reliant on others for your transportation. With the advent of services like Uber and Lyft the options for transportation are improving.
- Coordinating care. When in home care is needed, a fair amount of coordination may be required. You may need the assistance of family or friends for this.
Does technology play are role with aging-in-place?
Absolutely. The aging in place technology field is a $30 billion industry. Some of the products geared to helping people maintain their independence include:
- Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS). These systems link individuals to an emergency operator who assesses a situation and can dispatch help or notify family.
- Medication managers. Pill reminder technology is designed to help individuals take their medications in the correct dosages at the right times. This is not your traditional pillbox, but a service that performs multiple tasks including alarms and actual pill dispensing systems.
- Staying connected. Being able to stay in your home can lead to loneliness. Technology can help you feel connected to family and friends. The use of a TV, smartphone and computers opens up a new way to stay connected.
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