Independence Day is a patriotic holiday that is typically celebrated with picnics, barbeques and fireworks. But this year, Medical Guardian is also choosing to celebrate senior independence for Independence Day!
Much like our nation’s history, senior care has evolved over the course of many years, and now, aging in place is the preferred way for older adults to spend their senior years, especially baby boomers.
The Evolution of Senior Care
Years ago, there simply were not as many options when it came to home care for seniors. Nursing homes were typically where many older adults ended up, and there was no focus on quality of life and little oversight when it came to standards of care. But the stigma of nursing homes has changed over the last 50 years, especially once the government got involved and changed senior living options for the better. Today, even with a wide variety of options, seniors are interested in aging in place--for both comfort and financial reasons. According to a recent study conducted by AARP, 90 percent of older adults wish to age in place.
Whether people can afford to bring in outside home care as they age, or choose to have a family member care for them instead, aging in place allows older Americans to remain independent and maintain their dignity. There are, however, safety risks to consider when it comes to aging in place and investing in certain home modifications can keep you living there longer.
Maintaining Your Independence
It’s not hard to imagine why aging in place is so desirable for baby boomers, but the key is choosing to make your safety a top priority.
One way to ensure that you will be able to safely age in place and maintain your independence is with a medical alert system from Medical Guardian. These devices offer round-the-clock protection, so whether you’re looking to stay protected around your home or anywhere you go, you will always be able to receive help in an emergency.
Independence Day is a great time of year to think about how you will maintain your independence as you age. With the right safety precautions in place, these Golden Years could be the best and some of the most enjoyable years of your life!