Why Ageing In Place? 

"Living in one's home or personal dwelling should provide the highest degree of personal autonomy and access to resources of all types. Research indicates that independent living promotes life satisfaction, health and self-esteem" (Crist, 1999).

Ageing In Place is about the quality of life, not just remaining in place

  • Being free from unnecessary threats
  • Maintaining independence
  • Keeping as active as desired
  • Being socially engaged

Why is Ageing In Place important?

Home attachment: Feeling that the home is the centre of being.
 
Safety and security: Home is a place to feel safe and secure in, compared to a more unpredictable outside world.

Home comfort and convenience: Home should be comfortable, fitting to ageing needs and ageing body. Comfort of homely space and furnishings (bed, chair) as body ages. Familiarity and convenience of home interior space and layout, facilities and available resources.

Freedom and control: To have personal autonomy over the home and what is going on in it.

Home signifies ageing needs: Home becomes more meaningful in later life as home focus increases: The home becomes a refuge from the everyday world. A sanctuary for peace and personal memories.

Home, memory and reminiscence: Home reminds of past life. Identity and continuity. Memories about previous time (younger) and important persons (spouse).

Home as a people place: Home is a place embedded within a context of social relationships. The home served as a resource for entertaining and therefore helped seniors maintain their social network and their roles within their families and local community. Home is a meeting point for family and friends in past and presence.
 
The home-community unity: Location is important to home, a familiar community where people feel they belong. Home becomes more meaningful and satisfies needs as body ages when community support is available and accessible.