Aging, Visitability, and Santa

“Visitability”

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.

Aging in Place: Peer-to-Peer

The Benefits of Senior-to-Senior Peers
1.Credibility: A 75 year old is more likely to listen to another 75 year old about advice (aging as shared experience)
2.If I Can do it so Can You: Self-efficacy is key in gerontology, just knowing someone not unlike yourself was successful can increase your confidence to take on the task of aging in place
3.On Going Support: Seniors have time to help other seniors = Purpose
4.A Source of Environmental Press: Peer-to-Peer mentoring will keep aging brains engaged
5.Cohort Effect: Seniors have served in wars, raised children, retired, lost friends, nurtured grandchildren, fought through health issues, etc…They share the same life experiences as a group = Trust
6.Senior Peers insights: Seniors know what it’s like to be old and the challenges of living at home, obstacles easily identified on home assessments
7.Sensitivity to Aesthetics: Seniors know what’s important in making a house a home for the older adults
8.Access: Seniors have access to other seniors in church, senior centers, the gym, community centers
9.Tie to Existing Programs serving Seniors: For example, Meals-on-Wheels would be a perfect Trojan Horse to an aging-in-place home assessment
10.Recruitment: Seniors could recruit other seniors to be Peer-to-Peer Aging in Place consultants

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Aging in Place 80/20 Rule

When it comes to aging in place so often it is a "crisis buy," that is, remodeling for age-friendly living is neglected until a crisis (often a fall) forces the issue.

Aging in Place after Surgery; 10 Steps

The 10 Steps for preparing the Aging in Place Home for Surgical Recovery

Step #1

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.