The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level”.
To Age in Place means that you will be remaining in your own home for the later years of your life; not moving into a smaller home, assisted living, or a retirement community etcetera. This lifestyle choice is also known as “Aging in Place” and “Ageing in Place.”
The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) says the more than 90 percent of older adults would prefer to age in place rather than move to senior housing. But the group acknowledges that a gap exists between their desire and the reality of the modifications their home may require.
The top aging-in-place projects, according to a recent Aging-in-Place Report by HomeAdvisor, include adding grab bars, increasing the widths of doorways, moving a master bedroom to the main floor and adding a stair lift. See the entire report here
Americans are getting older, and most want to stay in their homes as they age. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of U.S. residents 65 or older will grow from 35 million in 2000 to nearly 73 million in 2030 — and the number of people 85 and older will increase from4.2 million in 2000 to nearly 9 million in 2030. What’s more, the National Association of Home Builders now estimates that over 70 percent of homeowners completing a remodeling project are making aging-related improvements for themselves or their parents.
A+ Stairlifts of Pittsburgh is proud to be one of the leading providers for helping seniors age in place gracefully, respectably. As the above study indicates, installing a stairlift is one of the more important ways we can help our aging loved one (and ourselves) remain where we wish to age-at home.
Here are 3 reasons why a stairlift makes sense if you or a loved one would like to remain in the freedom of your comfortable home for as long as possible.
You Don’t Have to Move In Order to Age in Place
The stairs we take for granted most of our lives often become the primary reason that seniors or the disabled lose access to many parts of their home. Often, they are confined to a small space, forced to sell their house or spend tens of thousands of dollars renovating to gain accessibility.Staying in your own home as you age is important to nearly all adults 50+ (AARP)
No Major Renovations
In most cases, we install stairlifts on a carpet so if you want the lift removed later, there are few signs that it was there. A+Stairlifts even has a buy-back program if you no longer need the stairlift.
Stairlifts can be installed in a few hours and can fit virtually any staircase. We offer four types, but most fall into two categories: Straight or Curved. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance and live in in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Call 412-260-7469
Other helpful sources for information on aging in place include:
Portland-based All About Aging network at www.allaboutaging.org
National Aging in Place Council at www.naipc.org
American Society on Aging at www.asaging.org
Met Life Mature Marketing Institute at www.muturemarketinstitute.com
National Association of Home Builders Certified Aging in Place Specialists at www.nahb.org/caps
Alliance for Aging Research at www.agingresearch.org
National Alliance for Caregiving at www.caregiving.org