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Two-thirds of U.S. adults, and more than three-quarters of those age 50-plus, want to stay in their home as they get older, according to AARP’s November 2021 “Home and Community Preferences” survey.
Family caregiving is a key component to making that wish a reality. The 2020 Caregiving in the U.S. report from AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving found that 43 percent of family caregivers are looking after people who live in their own home, and 40 percent share a residence with the care recipient.
Helping a loved one age in place may mean anything from stopping by a parent’s home to check in every few days to assisting a spouse or partner with tasks such as bathing and meal prep, as well as activities including medication management and administering injections. Whatever level of care you provide, these tips can help you help your loved one remain at home for as long, and as comfortably, as possible.