AGING IN PLACE 6
Agingin place: Question 2
Theoverwhelming greater population of older adults typically prefers andmost notably chooses to age in place. This is mainly by remaining inthe ordinary communities or homes. It is quite evident, however thoseseniors aged over 65 of age who constitute 93% of the Medicareenrollees have preferred to age in traditional settings. This paperwill define various concepts with a view of exploring the housinginnovations as well as neighborhoods that have been developed to helpachieve the objective of aging in place.
Virtualvillages’ communities are those retirement housing programs thatare subscribed through membership communities. They are normally runby staff and volunteer workers who are usually paid. Virtual villagesoffer services such as transportation, health programs, socialactivities or home repairs for a specified fee (Bornstein, 2013). Thevirtual village community is where these elderly people prefer tolive. It is usually age friendly in the design that translates into alifelong neighborhood (Lecture 7A, 2015). However, this type ofhousing facility is not available for the low income earners or thoseelderly persons who are not economically stable.
Cohousingis a retirement institution that offers housing to the elderly awayfrom their traditional homes, but at a close proximity to theirfamilies and old friends. The most popular and immerging form ofchoosing that is age-targeted allows the residents of whom are theelderly, embrace aging in a new way (Bornstein, 2013). This form ofmodel came into effect mostly responding the need of a supportive andcreative way of embracing old age by the aged baby boomers. Moreelder populations are into these elder cohousing models like theSilver Sage Village and the Glacier Circle Senor Community. Thesefractions of the aged population are mostly drawn by appeal of theactive – adult model of cohousing and also the age awareness programthat exists in these communities. These environments offer the agedcommunity an urban setting that is ideal for the aged population.
Flexiblehousing is a type of retirement home that ensures that olderindividuals remain in their traditional homes that are normallyredesigned to suit their growing needs. However, it is important tohighlight the most cost-effective solution that is viable in offeringa steady housing for the elderly is through adapting universaldesigns (Lecture 7A, 2015). This ensures that the constructionincludes all accessibility features and also allows futuremodifications. Some notable examples include having grab bars, futurerailings or installing stacking closets that would allow a futureelevator. This sort of universal design promotes, provides most ofthe benefits that can be adopted by an aged individual and alsopromotes accessibility (Carlson and Taira, 2014). The universaldesign is a prominent adoption by the largest population among theaged individuals. This is primarily because the elements havefriendly modifications that ensure that there is a high degree ofaccessibility.
Homecottage is essentially an addition to the main home where the warmthand care is extended to the elderly. This is through building afacility near the main house to ensure that the interaction iscontinued between the family members. In addition, there are thosesenior members in the community who are financially stable and arecapable to age in place. The most probable means that can be adoptedthrough elder cottage (Lecture 7B, 2015). This type of housingensures that the elderly keep their old friend and well as theirfamilies as they age. This is a perfect setting and home, retirementfor the elder persons who no longer need their big houses and also donot require any nursing services. The main advantage of this settingis that older people are able to interact with their old friends andtheir own families that live in close proximity (Bornstein andLanguirand, 2013).
Intentionalcommunities are types of retirement facility where the elderly,individuals decide to stay in their own homes and have programs orservices brought to them. These approaches ensure an accessible andsafe service and housing facilities. They guarantee very importantelements such as maximum functioning, health and most importantly,independence (Bornstein and Languirand, 2013). Hence, with such kindof fruitful returns the possibility of nursing placement is reducedor in other instances completely avoided. The overall outcomes forthese communities or villages are public cost-savings and productiveengagements that essentially promote aging in place.
Intentionalcommunities are mostly a non-profit organization that is solelydriven by its members who are the elderly people. They are in chargeof all the operations that range from referral and informationservice. In this type of setting, the members typically dictate thedirection that the village generally takes. There is an importantneed for these individuals to engage in such activities to fend offany sort of social isolation (Carlson and Taira, 2014). Theseactivities help the elderly people to get out more often and meetother people and this helps to fill any void of isolation.
Naturallyoccurring retirement homes are typically those retirementinstitutions where the most predominant population is the elderly. Toage in place the elderly, individuals are mostly being capable toremain in their traditional homes (Bornstein, 2013). It is veryimportant for these individuals are able to make any required agingrelated adjustments or explore the housing options that include manyaffordable residential alternatives in their areas of residence(Lecture 7B, 2015). However the wealthier populations are advantagedas they may choose more comfortable choices that are will guaranteethem maximum comfort and sufficient supply of services. Their groupmostly has sufficient assets and savings enough to finance theiraging in place.
Home-sharingis a non-traditional type of home retirement option where the elderlyindividuals share their homes with one or more aged persons. Thisgroup of individuals normally shares a non-romantic type ofassociation as their association is purely out of friendship forsharing old age together (Bornstein, 2013). However the manyhouseholds that have been financially disadvantaged have higher touchchoices such as home sharing to maximize their little income. Theselow income households and a huge growing number of middle incomeearners are faced with a serious challenge in financing age in place(Lecture 7B, 2015). The growing middle income household unfortunatelydo not qualify for programs such as medical aid, community basedservices are most emphatically the subsidized housing programs. Hencehome sharing becomes an ideal solution to their old age housingneeds.
Inconclusion, there is a continued need to engage more energetically inevaluation and research, engage in studies of the dynamics of thepopulation, demographic and innovative practices (Lecture 7B, 2015).All these activities are essential to determining the most ageappropriate supportive as well as housing facilities are best suitedfor the elderly. In this regard the aspect of identifying aneffective, cost-effective and beneficial program that is an emphasison facilitating aging in place. Most individuals aged sixty-five andover want and prefer to age in place. The many preferred options,mostly include natural retirement villages or retirement communitiesthat mostly encompass subsidized housing (Lecture 7A, 2015). This ismeant to assist the elderly individuals who have unfortunately lowincomes. A lifestyle community is also a prominent choice that isadapted by those senior members who have financial capabilities.
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