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What Does Aging in Place Mean?

Posted on: Jun 18, 2018

Aging in place is a broad term used to describe the idea of seniors living in the residence for as long as possible. The foremost goal of aging in place is to provide the services and amenities required to continue day to day living for the senior. At PPH, our all-in-one approach to senior living gives residents the opportunity to improve their quality of life in a safe, caring environment – even if their care needs change.

The Basics of Aging in Place

Aging in place at an all-in-one community ensures a senior’s emotional, social and physical needs are being met. While independence is continued for the senior, mobility and safety adaptations may be implemented. Having a team of caring, passionate staff is paramount to successfully aging in place.

As long as careful planning is involved, aging in place can work for all parties involved. Seniors considering aging in place need to accept the potential changes they may encounter throughout the process. As we age, our bodies change and in turn, our capabilities change. Examples of changes that could occur:

Everyone goes through one or more of these changes as they get older. Accepting some of these may occur gives you time to prepare for what you need to age in place. You can predict what type of day-to-day impact you may experience and make informed decisions about your needs. After evaluating what type of aging in place plan you would prefer, consider reaching out to all-in-one senior living communities to schedule a tour or ask questions. The changes seniors undergo can attribute to the following issues:

The Benefits of Aging in Place

Making a plan of action in advance can help aging in place go smoothly. The earlier you plan out your retirement years, the better. Plans should include an outline of financial and medical decisions, as well as a list of wants and needs in a senior living community. Plans are likely to change as needs adjust, but making early arrangements helps avoid common setbacks that could occur down the road. For instance, if you have a pre-existing medical condition, you want to make plans to guarantee you have adequate health insurance and any additional monies to cover medical expenses.

An aging in place plan will plot out how you will continue to enjoy your life and maintain your dignity. A common fear for seniors is becoming a burden to family members. An all-in-one senior living community helps you find the right type of residence with the right type of assistance for your specific requirements. Goals of an aging in place plan vary from person to person, but sample goals could include:

Achieving these goals may require a variety of resources. Here are some aging in place supports often provided at senior living communities

PPH can help you achieve your aging in place goals. Our independent living, memory care and skilled nursing options offer services such as housekeeping, on-site banking, fitness center, social calendars and more. Contact us to schedule a tour of our welcoming community.

What Residents Say

"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of resident Bernice Segal

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