An Age In Place Definition

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as: ... “the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”

For many of us - It's about the lifestyle, our home, our neighborhood, our local community, proximity of family and friends, proximity of activities we love to do, it's our independence - it's what makes up our lifestyle and our life's quality!

With Aging In Place we must consider the aging process and how it impacts our lifestyle and life's quality.  Successful aging in place requires acceptance of change in order to maximize life's quality and lifestyles - consider the impact of the items listed to the right, today and in 5, 10, 15 or more years...we all need to consider "change plans"... 

Maximizing Life's Aging In Place Quality
  • No "step" access to our home
  • Personal and home safety monitoring
  • Safety bars in bathrooms, hallways
  • Furniture mapping/removal 
  • Interior and exterior lighting
  • Mobility adaptations (doorways, passage ways, counter heights, ramps, elevator, lifts, etc. 
  • Bathroom and kitchen modifications
  • Think - preventing Falls in and around your home and other accident prevention solutions

Balancing Aging In Place and Relocating $$$

For many, arranging your home for a safe environment can be spread out over time.  Unless there is a traumatic life altering accident or illness, home modifications can be completed over time given there is an effective actuated plan. 
With Relocation, all or most costs are up front and you have to find a location that already has all your Aging In Place lifestyle and life quality needs built-in or there will be added expense to make modifications.