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The Forever Home : The Benefits Of Aging In Place

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC BK659279 

Aging in place, the concept of growing older in the

familiar comfort of one's own home.

One of the most notable advantages is the preservation of independence. Retaining autonomy in familiar surroundings fosters a sense of control and self-reliance.  These are crucial elements for the emotional well-being among seniors.

  • Aging in place often translates to a higher quality of life.
  • The emotional connection to one's home and community cannot be overstated.
  • Seniors can maintain relationships with neighbors, friends, and local support systems.  
  • Familiarity with medical services, clubs, and social activities.
  • Seniors prioritize features that promote safety, accessibility, and comfort

These all contribute to a robust social life that promotes mental and emotional health.

Adapting a home to accommodate changing needs is another advantage.

  • Making various modifications, such as grab bars, ramps, and improved lighting, the home becomes a safer and more accessible environment.
  • Lever Door Handles, Non slip flooring, well lit spaces, all aid in everyday living
  • Touchless faucets 
  • Elevators
  • Allowing seniors to navigate daily life with greater ease, reducing the risk of accidents and enhancing overall comfort.

The financial aspect needs to be considered as well.  

  • Aging in place can be a cost-effective alternative to assisted living or nursing homes.
  • While there might be initial expenses for home modifications, they are often more affordable than ongoing care facility fees.
  • Moreover, the emotional toll of leaving one's home is priceless.

Health benefits also play a role in the decision to age in place.

  • Studies suggest that seniors who remain in their homes tend to experience less stress and better mental health than those who transition to assisted living.
  • Familiar surroundings can contribute to a more relaxed lifestyle, positively impacting overall well-being.

In essence, the benefits of aging in place extend far beyond the convenience of staying at home; they encompass emotional, social, financial, and health-related advantages, creating a holistic approach to aging gracefully.

 

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Joyce Marsh, Broker/Owner

Joyce Marsh Real Estate Company

386-299-8291   JoyceMarshHomes@gmail.com

                                  

Copyright 2008-2024 by Joyce Marsh.  All Rights Reserved.  Information from sources deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Nothing contained herein to be considered legal advice, please consult your Attorney for advice. 

Comments(26)

Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Carol Williams that’s always a big consideration of course. You have to be happy with the location moving forward. I’m sure you’ll figure things out.

Feb 07, 2024 08:38 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 It sounds like you had a well thought out plan and took your time to find the right home. That’s wonderful.

Feb 07, 2024 08:40 PM
Jim Crawford
Long & Foster - Fredericksburg, VA
Jim Crawford Broker Associate Fredericksburg VA

This is some great information.  Buyers and sellers need to have insights and understand current market trends.  Thank you for sharing!

Feb 08, 2024 05:32 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good Saturday morning to you Joyce. You can learn a great deal about aging in place from Steve Hoffacker who teaches a set of aging in place courses for the National Association of Home Builders. Enjoy your day.

Feb 10, 2024 05:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Aging in place can be a wonderful thing - our current home is all on one floor which was on purpose for those years where we can't get up and down steps (if that happens!)

Feb 10, 2024 06:08 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joyce,

I saw your post in Carol Williams Second Chance Saturday Series this morning. Glad she featured your post as I missed it. I love my single story home that is an open floorplan and easy to navigate. When my husband was in a wheel chair it was easy for him to navigate and I was so glad we decided on this floor plan many years ago. One never knows what can happen.

Feb 10, 2024 06:53 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Wayne, thank you for the shout-out! I am getting more Realtors than ever from all over are taking my Certified Aging In Place Specialist classes and their derivatives to learn how they can live in their homes long-term and how to advise their clients as well. For all of us, at any age, aging in place is something that is occurring. It may not top-of-the-mind, but it's there. Would love to talk with anyone interested in having a discussion about this or in pursuing classes.

Feb 10, 2024 07:04 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Jim Crawford I totally agree!  Thanks for stopping by today

Feb 10, 2024 08:16 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Wayne Martin Thank you very much for the recommendation about Steve Hoffacker class.  Much appreciated!  Have a great weekend

Feb 10, 2024 08:17 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Thank you Steve Hoffacker Nice to know more about your class. 

Feb 10, 2024 08:18 AM
Steve Hoffacker

Joyce, visit my website for more information. Thank you. https://www.stevehoffacker.com/

Feb 10, 2024 09:16 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Dorie Dillard Austin TX It is definitely a consideration as we get older and have medical and aging issues that need to be addressed.  Have a great weekend!

Feb 10, 2024 08:19 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Kat Palmiotti I like living on one level and that has been a major consideration for my husband and I when we remodeled and updated our present home.  

Feb 10, 2024 08:20 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Joyce our area has a ton of active adult areas and many 'seniors' do age in place at their new (to them) active adult area home vs going right into an assisted living place (which typically happens when people can't function all that great anymore - in my experience here). All single level homes, with easy care yards, most with no pools etc.  My husband and I talk every once in awhile of buying a golf course home but love our current home.  Honestly it's got a lot of outside maintenance (albeit gorgeous mountain view property) and the pool, well doesn't get used like it did years ago).  We'll see what happens.  Living on a golf course would be so enjoyable too - with not much work!

Feb 10, 2024 10:20 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

When we bought this home, we understood the ramifications of aging in place and accepted those.

Feb 10, 2024 10:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joyce:

Thanks for sharing this excellent information about the value of aging in place and how it can be accomplished. I'm glad Carol featured it so more people can read and benefit from it for themselves and/or family members.

Jeff

Feb 10, 2024 12:39 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Anna "Banana" Kruchten we have a similar situation. We have more yard work than we would like and a pool but we love our home and have made modifications and improvements. We’re not going anywhere. We’re very comfortable. So I can see your point too.

Feb 10, 2024 12:43 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Same here Joyce! We've totally remodeled etc and it's lovely - just a lot of work when I think 15 to 20 years down the road!  Or.....desire to play more golf with easy access!

Feb 10, 2024 02:03 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Leanne Smith I agree with you and we pretty much did the same. 

Feb 10, 2024 12:45 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Thank you very much Jeff Dowler, CRS it's important for people to know there are options to be considered as well as new products on the market to assist the aging population.

Feb 10, 2024 12:48 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joyce Marsh  loved this post and I missed it thanks to being featured by Carol Williams  I am here. To prove your point when my mother passed away, my father refused to go into a senior care facility and lived without moving anything in the house just as my mother left it.... and he lived peacefully there for a few year until he passed...Endre

Feb 10, 2024 10:22 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Joyce,

Another benefit of universal design is that you can hurt yourself and recuperate in your own home without having to couch surf with your friends or go into respite care. Wider doors for walkers & wheelchairs and low curb showers can come in handy, even if your disability is only temporary.

Feb 13, 2024 09:23 AM