Growing old is a part of the human experience. With age comes many unique experiences and health issues. One common issue amongst aging adults is where to live for the remainder of their life. The National Council of Aging found, “Nine in 10 seniors intend to continue living in their current homes over the next five to 10 years. Leading reasons for wanting to stay in their current homes include liking where they currently live (85 percent), having family and friends nearby (66 percent) and not wanting to deal with the hassle of moving (50 percent).”
Aging in place means allowing a senior citizen to live where they choose, often in their own home. Aging in place allows senior citizens to live in dignity, maintain their quality of life, be more comfortable and remain in their community and with family for as long as possible. Aging in place can be beneficial for their extended family, who don’t have to pay for a nursing home or worry about elder abuse, and often can see their parents in the same home they grew up in.
One reason why many senior citizens aren’t able to age in their homes is because they can’t keep up with required home repairs either because of financial or physical barriers. Thanks to programs like the Healthy Home Initiative, funded by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, Community Action agencies are able to assist with home repairs so that our senior citizens can remain in their home.
Watauga County: “Darrick” is a 86-year-old man who is aging in place with assistance from a caregiver. He lives in his home that he built with his own hands. The home had a broken window that was allowing water in because the window casing had rotted. We also discovered a hole in his ceiling where the roof had leaked for some time. The Healthy Home Initiative fund was used to repair the casing, replace the window, and repair the roof. The improvements allow Darrick to age in the home that he is so proud of.
Johnston County: “Andre” and “Kelley” are a husband and wife who suffer from several chronic conditions. Kelley has suffered a stroke, and would trip over the tears, rips and bunched up old carpet in their home. Our agency replaced their worn carpet with vinyl wood floors. Andre said that he is “very appreciative of the work. We would have never been able to replace our carpet without the help from the Healthy Home Initiative program.”