Pros and Cons of Assisted Living vs. Aging in Place

As you get older, it becomes more difficult to do the daily tasks you need to do. From laundry and meal prep to making the beds and cleaning, those daily tasks can be made even more difficult if you have a multiple-story home. It’s not easy to climb up and down stairs multiple times a day! For these reasons, many older adults make the decision to move to an assisted living facility so they can get the assistance they need.

Others are determined to age in place because they don’t want to leave the home they have lived in for many years and likely raised their children in. But at some point, the need for help rears its head and concessions have to be made. From grab bars in the bathroom to stair chairs to residential elevators, many modifications can be made to ensure you can remain living in your home – safely — for many more years.

Here’s a quick checklist of how you can decide whether assisted living or aging in place would be best for you.

Assisted Living

There are many benefits to choosing an assisted living facility. If mobility issues and fall risks are a concern, living in such a facility would give you the equipment and modifications you need to feel safe in daily living. Someone is always there to help you if you need it, you don’t have to maintain your own lawn and tackle home renovations, you can have all your meals prepared for you if you want, and you can connect with others to boost your social exposure.

On the other side of the coin, you have to sell the home you may have loved living in for decades and you may lose some of your independence.

Aging in Place

Others choose to stay in their homes and make modifications to certain areas so that they can still get around safely but don’t have to leave the comfort of their homes. Retrofitting a home can be more convenient and less expensive than having to sell the home and buy something new. There are many things you can add to your home to make it easier to get around, such as a stair lift, which is a seat that rides along a rail up your stairwell, or even a residential elevator that can bring you between floors quickly and easily.

Mowrey Elevator can help with those last two. We have been helping older adults retain their independence for decades. Let us show you how an elevator or stair lift can make all the difference as you decide to age in place. Contact us now to learn more.