AIPatHome.com Advisor Louis Tenenbaum wrote us about a report he helped prepare: “Aging in Place 2.0 Rethinking Solutions to the Homecare Challenge” released earlier this month by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute. According to the report communities, government and the public and private sectors will need to make sweeping changes to accommodate older Americans’ desire to remain in their homes.
Multiple studies have shown that most Americans over 45 wish to remain in their own homes even when assistance will be needed. To achieve this their research indicated that in coming years adjustments will need to include homes in which residential design, health care services and new monitoring technologies are combined with comprehensive community care services to form a dynamic and efficient home health management system. (hmmmmm, sound familiar…. “AIPatHome: make your home livable, longer, through universal design & technology.”)
Referred to as AiP2.0, this new Aging in Place blueprint envisions a more efficient use of available resources and an enhanced and better coordinated service delivery mechanisms.
“Wherever older individuals live, whether in their own homes or in a care facility, the setting may be inefficient for many people, since a person’s need for care fluctuates as medical conditions come and go, often resulting in the need to move back and forth between multiple care settings,” said Sandra Timmermann, Ed.D., director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute. “A new integration of care services, home design and technology, as outlined in AiP2.0, will likely lead to less stress for older adults and their caregivers, supporting a better quality of life for all of them.”
According to the institute there are 5 steps to Aip2.0:
- Homes prepared for Aging in Place through individual investment, subsidies and incentives
- Investment in businesses that will connect market sectors to improved service delivery
- Development of care management, social interaction, wellness and transportation systems,
- Care management designed to dispatch services when needed,
- Care delivery models to make better individuals in the community