Rise of Retirement Village for Aging in Place
Aging in place is the term used to refer to people who stay in their primary home as they age. While that may feel way off in the future to retirement age baby boomers, it’s something they might want to think about as they plan their future. Many baby boomers are also addressing the issues connected with aging parents. The concept of the retirement village is gaining popularity for people who want to stay in their homes as long as possible.
For the sake of this article, a retirement village isn’t just another name for a retirement community. Retirement communities are in fact what many aging adults are trying to avoid.
A retirement village is a non-profit network of paid staff and volunteers who assist people who are living in their homes. For many seniors, this involves transportation to doctors and shopping. The village movement is gaining popularity, but is still too new to know its long-term viability.
According to AARP, 90 percent of seniors 65 and older want to live in their homes as long as possible. Unfortunately, for many, driving, home and yard maintenance can be too much forcing seniors into other options.
The retirement village concept was started in 2002 in Boston’s Beach Hill neighborhood. Volunteers provide transportation as well as a ‘concierge service’, which can include screening for vendors and repair persons. It provides assistance that neighbors and family are unable or unwilling to provide.
For a small yearly feel, participants become part of the retirement village. In return, they can use the services they need from a group of caring and compassionate individuals. Allowing for aging in place is an option many seniors aren’t willing to give up and the retirement village supports them in their desire.