Aging in Place
Aging in place is when a person lives and ages in the residence of their choosing, usually their home, for as long as they are able. The choice to age in place involves planning for current and future needs, both physical and financial.
A person who wants to age in place may need home modifications such as wider doorways or a ramp to make way for mobility products. A personal care aide or home health aide may be needed to help with bathing and dressing or medication management.
Home medical equipment dealers can make recommendations for home safety or join the home modification industry to help their clients age in place successfully. Home health agencies play a key role in aging in place by proving the care and companionship a person may need to successfully stay home.
MassPACE, the Massachusetts chapter of Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, has taken an innovative approach to serving its clients, mostly patients who are dual eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, during the pandemic. While traditionally center-based, MassPACE shifted to an at-home model, sending caregivers out with tablets for telehealth and also setting up social activities, counseling and more.