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.

Relationships Enable Client-First Care

It’s no secret that America’s population is aging rapidly. According to the United States Census Bureau, by the year 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65—1 in every 5 U.S. residents will be retirement age. With age comes the potential need for some type of care. The Home Care Association of America reports that around 70 percent of adults aged 65 and older will need assistance at some point in their lives. This could include personal care, such as help with bathing, hygiene and mobility, assistance with daily tasks around the home, and even dementia care.