Aging in place Influencers for 2016
The aging in place movement embraces a concept known as “visitability” which is defined by 3 basic features:
1. One zero-step entrance, at the front, side, or back of the home
2. All main floor doors (bathrooms too) have at least 32 inches of clear passage space
3. A half bath, preferably a full bath, on the main floor
These elements will make your house a “visitability” home, allowing wheelchair or other mobility challenges to be accommodated.
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For our discussion here, I define "aging in place" as a dynamic self-determined process of living in a home environment safely, and INTER-dependently as you get older.
The 10 Steps for preparing the Aging in Place Home for Surgical Recovery
Prepare Your Home in Advance
Since patients are likely to spend most of the post-surgery time at home, it is important to prepare the living area so it will better accommodate the process. Preparing the home in advance will make things easier and more comfortable. In the weeks before surgery, patients will want to evaluate their living environment and make the necessary modifications and adjustments for a successful recovery.
Q) What Elements do I need to achieve aging in place?
1. Your health and physical needs: Do physical or mental limits affect your ability to live at home? Are you able to get your health needs met at home?
Aging in Place Takes Confidence
Of course I've taught about Jim Fries and his compression of morbidity concept, and I've included it in my textbook, for many years. A few years ago, I finally had a chance to meet him personally and I asked him what really works for health promotion. After some moments of thought he replied, "The truth is, Rick, almost nothing works. But if I had to point to one thing that might work, it's self-efficacy, locus of control. If you can get people to have that perspective, something is possible."
The threats to aging in place are many, from falls to unforgiving obstacles in the built environment; most can be addressed by planning and follow through. But there are those that come out of left-field, unexpected and truly inhumane, targeting decent and trusting older adults. Protect the ones you love—Talk to your folks, remind them about scams, not to instill fear, but to empower them to continue to live in home at peace.
Aging in Place with The Purposeful Home
Stadler reminds us that growing old at home is the preferred option and that anything less is considered "giving up."
It's widely known that a rich social life is a health protectant in old age. It is also known that aging can lead to isolation. This topic is so essential to successful aging in place that I can modified my motto for Longevity to read: