The Aging in Place Model
The path for long term care forces older adults to move out of their home, to independent senior housing, and then to assisted living, and then to a nursing home as their health declines.
The aging in place model provides for older adults remaining in the environment they choose for as long as they wish without having to relocate. When implemented correctly, the aging in place model can be cost-effective and result in positive health outcomes.
Services and care are provided to meet each residents’ needs to avoid having to relocate to a higher level of care. There is continuous care management, personalized health services, and coordination with nursing care.
In the Aging in Place model, individuals can live in their apartment until they pass. Services are provided as needed and then removed when the older adult is once again independent.
Facilities can operate a daily wellness center, offer social worker services, various types of exercise classes, and participation in a variety of events. Wellness centers can provide a check of residents' vital signs, assistance with medications, evaluation of minor complaints, and nurse advice. Continuous case management through routine assessment is essential. Early detection and early intervention are crucial. In certain situations, rehabilitation services can be carried out in the resident’s apartment. Removal of services once the resident is independent, saves the resident money.