Ageing in Place – They’Re Your Golden Years

There has been a lot of discussion aboutwhere one would like to live out their “golden years”.  One movement attractive to most people is “ageingin place”.  This term means people remainin their own homes and access the health and social supports and services theyrequire from their community.  The otheroptions available to consider are senior community housing or a long-term carefacility if needed.  Choices are drivenby a variety of factors, including the health of the individual, safety, his orher mobility needs, transportation, family finances, personal supports (likefamily and friends), or the proximity to community supports and services (smalltown vs. large urban centre).  Of course,it makes sense that most individuals prefer to stay in their own home for aslong as he/she is able.  Memories arethere, possessions are there, and the comforts are there.  

If a person wants to “age in place”, theindividual’s health must be considered. Has his/her mobility been impacted due to accident or ageing? Of course,the residence must be compatible with the needs of the people living init.  Since needs may change asindividuals age, the home may require some modifications or additions.  To figure out what changes might be necessaryto ensure the residents can live in the home safely, a professional can assessand recommend.  There may be OccupationalTherapists who work for the local Public Health organization, and in largercommunities, there may even be “Aging in Place” specialists who can do the same.  Depending on what is necessary, grants andsubsidies may cover some changes, or the homeowner may have to pay out ofpocket for expenses.  For example, havingmore than one floor can pose an issue to anyone who has difficulty withmobility.  There may be a need for awalker, a wheelchair, or pain in the body that makes it challenging tomanoeuvre stairs.  Moving to a bungalowis always an option, but there is no guarantee finding one in the rightneighbourhood, at the right price, or that modifications aren’t necessary.  The decision to install a stairlift or a homeelevator can address mobility issues and allow one to “age in place”.

A stairlift is less expensive than a homeelevator and can be installed more quickly as there would not be muchpreparation needed before installation. However, to use a stairlift, theindividual would need to be mobile enough to independently get in and out ofthe lift or have someone who can aid this activity.  If assistance is required, it takes away fromsought after independence.  A safety beltis also essential when using a stairlift. Without it, tragic falls can occur. If the individual is wheelchair-bound, the stairlift is not the bestselection.  However, there is always ahome elevator.  With today’s technology,home elevators are a feasible choice.   Home elevators can offer a variety of stylesthat can fit into all kinds of décor from traditional to modern.  Home elevators also have different operatingmechanisms that can meet needs for varied situations.  Even limited space does not pose a problem.  They work well if a dwelling has multiplefloors. All in all, home elevators are a practical solution to help ensure thatseniors can remain in their homes for as long as it is appropriate to do so.

The Ascension Elevator Team would be thrilledto assist anyone who wants to remain in their home and their community.  Call at 587-978-8834 or email us at info@ascensionelevators.com, andwe can make an appointment to discuss your needs.