Aging-In-Place refers to the ability to live in your own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability. It provides a wide range of community-based services to older adults living in their own home rather than group or institutional settings. Typical services include assistance with housekeeping, laundry, errands, grocery shopping, meals, prescription delivery, home health care, medication reminders and caregiving. Aging-In-Place also includes housing services like remodeling contractors, handymen, carpenters, plumbers and electricians with experience doing home modifications that address the specific needs of older adults.
As National Association of Home Builders Certified-Aging-In-Place Specialists, we look for simple low-cost modifications that make homes work better for people experiencing age-related changes. These often include improving lighting, providing at least one step-free entrance to a home, adding stair handrails, supplying slip-resistant flooring, specifying accessible kitchen appliances or installing height-adjustable hand-held showerheads. Simple modifications like these help people adapt to changes in vision, hearing, mobility, dexterity, stamina and cognition without changing their quality of life.
See the links below for more about Aging-In-Place.
AARP HomeFit Guide
Alaska Cooperative Extension Service “Aging In Place in Alaska” video
Better Living Design Institute tour “A Retirement Home For All Ages”
“Home Solutions for Aging in Place” video
National Association of Home Builders - Find a Certified-Aging-In-Place Specialists