What Aging in Place Means to Havenwood Heritage Heights
While deciding whether to move to a home in a retirement community or to remain in your own home during your retirement years, you’re likely to come across the term, “aging in place.” The CDC describes aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”
For seniors who want to age in place, it’s important to research your options and create a plan that will work best for both you and your family as you age. Many of our residents made the choice to move to a retirement community because they understand the importance of planning ahead and thinking about things like lifestyle, home, finances, and health care.
At Havenwood Heritage Heights, the concept of aging in place is very important to us, and has been since we opened our doors in 1967. In 1990, we became a licensed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offering a continuum of care that includes independent living, assisted living, 24-hour skilled nursing and memory care. Today, with over 370 cottages and Lodge accommodations, we work hard to meet the changing needs of today’s senior.
We believe that the most important part of aging in place is resident choice. We want our residents to live where they choose, for as long as they choose, while receiving all of the care and support they need. Because of our full continuum of care, residents may decide to transition temporarily to receive care in our Health Center to treat a medical condition or to have the care provided in their own home. Residents can receive help with day to day tasks, transportation, meals and health care, all while remaining at home.
One benefit of aging in place in a retirement community is that much of the planning has been done for you. We’re always striving to improve the quality of life of our residents and to help residents remain as independent as possible as they age. All of our cottages can be amended with handheld showers, support bars, lowered cabinets, doorway widening, ramp installations, walkway alterations, flooring changes, and other alterations. In fact, our new North End cottages constructed in 2014 were specially built with universal design allowing seniors to age comfortably in their homes.
However, aging in place is about more than just logistics. An important benefit of aging in place is that it creates a feeling of stability and consistency as well as a sense of belonging to a community. This feeling can help us remain mentally strong as we deal with the changes that come with aging. Studies have shown that feeling happy about the place we live has an impact on our health.
At Havenwood Heritage Heights, we take a holistic approach toward supporting our residents. As a diverse, faith-based community, we have a spiritual dynamic that places an importance on focusing on one’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. We hold annual discussions to learn about our residents’ interests, ideas and input for ways to improve our community, and encourage feedback on a regular basis.
We enjoying seeing our residents serve as one another’s extended family and support network, which is another key to successfully aging in place. We encourage this strong sense of community, and like our residents, we feel that we’re part of something very special at Havenwood Heritage Heights.