What is aging in place, and why is it important?

Aging in place means exactly what it sounds like – growing old in your home. You might have heard older friends or family members express interest in this idea, stating that they’d like to live out their days in the comfort of their home. Why is it that some people set this goal for themselves, and why is it important?


While assisted living facilities or nursing homes are an essential option for some seniors, many senior adults aim to stay in their residence for as long as they can. Doing so can maintain their quality of life and sense of independence, encouraging physical health and mental well-being. Even elderly individuals with health issues might still opt to stay home as long as they can access the care they need, because even home-help nurses or remote care can still be less expensive than the costs of living in a long-term care facility.


One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the ability to choose to age in place. Of course, everyone is different, and aging in place might not be ideal based on many factors. However, if aging in place is something you or a family member might be interested in, there are steps you can begin to take now. For example, if you already own a home, consider saving up for universal design renovation projects. Universal design is simply adding features to your home that make it more accessible for people with disabilities or older adults. Examples of these renovations include building a ramp as an alternative to front steps or knocking down a wall to create a larger, safer space for wheelchairs or walkers to travel through.

Whether or not aging in place is right for you, simply having the option to stay in your own home is a long-term advantage of homeownership. If you’re interested in learning more about aging in place, the National Institute on Aging has compiled a great list of resources to do so. If you’re interested in owning a home, visit United Housing at www.uhinc.org or call us at 901-272-1122.

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