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Aging in place versus a Nursing Home
According to a recent news release, CMS (Center for Medicare Services), reported that they have, “become increasingly concerned about the quality of care at nursing homes, especially those owned by private equity companies and other types of investment firms, and academic researchers have indicated that this trend needs closer scrutiny.” By releasing new tools to improve transparency, they hope to hold low performing nursing homes more accountable.
As a patient or family member, you might not be able to wait for Medicare to figure out how to improve the many (very) low performing and astronomically priced nursing homes. Another option many people consider is Aging in Place.
Aging in place refers to the ability of older adults to live independently and comfortably in their own homes or communities as they age, rather than having to move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. It involves creating an environment that supports physical and mental health, mobility, and safety, and enables older adults to continue to engage in activities that they enjoy and to maintain social connections.
There are several reasons why some people prefer to age in place rather than moving to a nursing home. Here are a few:
Familiarity and comfort: Many people feel more comfortable and at ease in their own homes, which are familiar to them and hold many memories. They may have lived in their home for a long time, raised their families there, and built strong connections to their community.
Independence and control: Aging in place allows people to maintain a greater degree of independence and control over their daily lives. They can continue to make their own decisions and routines, and are not subject to the schedules and routines of a nursing home.
Personalization: Living at home allows people to personalize their living environment to meet their specific needs and preferences. They can modify their home to fit their physical limitations, choose their own food and activities, and keep their pets and belongings close.
Cost: Nursing home care can be very expensive, and for many people, aging in place is a more affordable option. This can be especially true for those who have paid off their homes or have a strong support system in place to help them with daily tasks.
Quality of life: Overall, many people believe that they will have a higher quality of life by aging in place. They can continue to participate in the activities they enjoy, maintain relationships with their family and friends, and have a greater sense of autonomy and dignity.
It's important to note that aging in place may not be possible or desirable for everyone. Some individuals may require specialized care or medical attention that cannot be provided in a home setting. It's important to carefully consider all options and make the decision that is best for the individual's specific needs and circumstances.