The Biggest Pros and Cons of Aging in Place

Stephanie Oliver
Published on July 19, 2022

The Biggest Pros and Cons of Aging in Place

Most seniors want to spend the rest of their lives in their houses, so, at the moment, one of the
most popular senior living trends is aging in place. However, as appealing as the comforts of
home are, many seniors will reach a point in their lives where the advantages of assisted living
outweigh the advantages of staying at home. In the end, a senior’s situation, as well as that of
their family members, determines a lot. Perhaps none of these options are for you, and you might
decide that downsizing and looking for a new home closer to your family is the way to go.  If
you’re torn between these options, here are some of the most important considerations that can
help you decide what’s the best choice for you.

Aging in place – is that the best decision for you?

For many retirees, staying put after punching the time clock for the last time appears to be the
simplest and easiest option. Many people choose to age in place because they have a strong
emotional relationship with their family home. People are typically compelled to remain in
their current location because of this emotional component. Not only that, but you’ve lived in the
area for a long time and are familiar with it.
When your house becomes a home rather than merely a location to store your belongings, the
case for staying put becomes compelling. On the other hand, there are some downsides to it, as
well. Therefore, take your time and analyze both sides before making your final decision. To
help you do that, here are the advantages and drawbacks of aging in place.

Pro: Less disruption

One of the biggest advantages of staying in your California home after retirement is that you
won’t have to move or experience any other disruptions. Imagine having to go through a long-
distance move across CA, looking for movers, decluttering, and finishing various tasks related to
your relocation. Even though specialists can handle everything, you would still need to do a lot
of work while going through a rather emotional change.

On top of that, you won’t need to adjust to a new town and waste time getting acquainted with
your new environment. If you’ve lived in the same house for a long time, you’ve most likely
formed a bond with your neighbors. You’re familiar with the region, and you probably have a
few pals who live close. As devoted as people are to their homes, many are as attached to the
neighborhood in which they live. Aging in place allows you to stay in your familiar and beloved
neighborhood.

Con: Lower level of care

The main reason people choose to live in assisted living facilities and nursing homes is that they
require a level of care that their families cannot supply. Your home won’t suffice if your health
deteriorates to the point that you need to be near a healthcare practitioner at all hours of the
day. This means you’ll require the services of a nursing facility.
Aging in place is usually a viable option only if you have a large family nearby who can assist
you. If you don’t have family members who can help cover the duties that staff members do in an
assisted living home, you’ll probably need to make the transition at some point. Alternatively,
you can get in touch with an experienced real estate agent in California and start looking for a
new home that’s closer to your loved ones.

Pro: You can hire any services you need

Families have often had trouble with aging in place because as people get older, they lose the
ability to do many of the everyday things. For instance, if you feel your eyesight is
deteriorating, you soon won’t be able to drive or do chores around your home. You’ll need help,
but family members are often busy with their own lives and responsibilities.

Nowadays, this is something you don’t have to worry about. There are now a lot of services you
can hire that make it easier for you to age in place. You can hire someone to do your grocery
shopping, clean your house, and walk your dog. You can even hire a nurse to help you! On the
other hand, costs can be very high for assisted living and nursing homes. This makes staying put
much cheaper than moving into a facility (of course, if you can make it work).

Con: You’ll have much more responsibilities

Living on your own means that you’ll be responsible for your own safety. And the harsh truth is
that as you’re getting older, it will get harder and harder to take care of yourself. Even if you are
in the best health, there is still an increased risk of falling and causing a serious injury. In fact,
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention advised that every year, one in four Americans
65 and older experience a fall. One in five of those falls results in a serious injury.

Of course, you can always take safety measures and install equipment that allows you to move
around easily and safely. Simple features like shower handles could make your life much easier.
But do keep in mind that you’ll have more responsibilities on your shoulders, and that could also
put you in danger. For instance, you probably won’t be able to drive at one point.

So if you are definitely sure that retirement communities aren’t for you, at least think about
relocating closer to your family. We understand you might be on the fence about selling your
home, but sometimes, the hardest decisions are the best for us. 

So will you be aging in place?

So if you are definitely sure that retirement communities aren’t for you, at least think about
relocating closer to your family. We understand you might be on the fence about selling your
home, but sometimes, the hardest decisions are the best for us.

This article was generously contributed by Lindsay Denton with MiamiMovingGuide.com, a guide to moving to and from Florida from different states. Also, visit Miami Moving Guide to get great practical information, tips, and advice on making a move, in general. The author, Darrell Alston, is a blogger with a passion for helping the elderly. He draws from personal experience with his parents and grandparents and often writes guides to make their lives easier.

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