Aging in place has been shown to have emotional benefits over institutional care.
- Experts contend that those who spend so much time and energy examining how to reduce costs are focusing on the wrong area;instead, they should be emphasizing the emotional, social, and health benefits of home and community based services (HCBS) and aging in place.
- In a recent AARP survey, 41 percent of those who want to remain in their community stated that their primary reason for staying was their friends, followed by family, safety from crime, and a pleasant neighborhood/community.
- In addition to preventing social isolation, allowing older adults to stay involved in their communities has been found to have health benefits. [It can] reduce mortality, increase physical function, muscular strength, and levels of self-rated health; reduce symptoms of depression and pain; and increase life-expectancy.
- Maintaining independence in one’s home contributes to more positive outcomes. These improved health outcomes can in turn lead to cost savings.
Age at HomeCare, a registry home health company, is owned and managed by Davis Allen, former Exec. Dir. of Sarah Care Adult Day Center. He has an MA in Human Resource Development and is a Certified Nurse Assistant. He continues to work as a companion caregiver with his own clients. All of his associates have previous direct care experience so they are attuned to the needs of their clients and families.
Content for this article was excerpted from “Evidence Matters” by HUDg.gov (U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development) www.huduser.org
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