A number of research projects have indicated that Canadian seniors overwhelmingly want to age in place—even more so after the impact of COVID-19 on older individuals living in congregate settings. Several years ago, a survey revealed that 78% of seniors in Canada wanted to stay in their own home as they aged, while another survey noted that as much as 85-95% of Canadians surveyed want to age in place. Today, that number is arguably even higher.
At Living Assistance Services, we believe in supporting the autonomy of our clients by offering high quality, personalized in-home support. Here are a few of the many reasons seniors overwhelmingly prefer to age in place. For more information on in-home caregiver services in Toronto and the surrounding areas, please contact us. We’d be pleased to answer any questions you may have and provide a complimentary consultation.
There’s comfort in familiar spaces
Aging in place isn’t just about staying in the same house or apartment—it’s about maintaining community connections. Many seniors value the relationships they have with their neighbours, local grocer, pharmacy, favourite restaurant and local shopkeepers. They have preferred places to go shopping or take a walk, and they feel confident and well-supported in their community. There’s a lot more to a home than what’s inside the walls of a building—though, those familiar comforts inside a home are important, too.
They get to keep their preferred routines
When a senior moves into a care facility, they often lose control of when they bathe, eat meals or partake in certain activities. Instead of deciding when to have a shower, they receive a shower when it’s their turn—and even then, it may be delayed or rushed. Aging in place allows seniors to receive personalized support while maintaining their preferred daytime and evening routines. They can eat breakfast at 6am or 9am, make social plans without being restricted by a daily schedule that’s outside of their control, and go to bed whenever they want—it’s up to them! These small yet critical daily acts of autonomy are what help seniors live with dignity.
They can personalize the support they receive
Just about everyone requires support as they age, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Aging in place allows seniors to live well while maintaining their independence and preserving a sense of privacy—something that can be difficult if you’re dealing with a constant rotation of high turnover staff. At Living Assistance Services, we assign caregivers that reflect each client’s needs and lifestyle, allowing them to build genuine relationships over time. Our clients get to know one (or several) excellent caregivers rather than greeting a stranger at the door each week. It’s part of our commitment to high quality care, and it makes a real difference!
Some seniors only require a small amount of help while others need more comprehensive support. People’s needs also change over time and may fluctuate based on the amount of family caregiver support that’s available. Aging in place means having a stable, comfortable location with flexible yet consistent support that evolves over time. It’s the best possible situation for many seniors, and Living Assistance Services is here to help make it happen. To learn more, please visit our website or contact us—we’d be pleased to hear from you and offer a personalized quote.