Ageing in Place – They’Re Your Golden Years

There has been a lot of discussion about where one would like to live out their “golden years”.  One movement attractive to most people is “ageing in place”.  This term means people remain in their own homes and access the health and social supports and services they require from their community.  The other options available to consider are senior community housing or a long-term care facility if needed.  Choices are driven by a variety of factors, including the health of the individual, safety, his or her mobility needs, transportation, family finances, personal supports (like family and friends), or the proximity to community supports and services (small town vs. large urban centre).  Of course, it makes sense that most individuals prefer to stay in their own home for as long as he/she is able.  Memories are there, possessions are there, and the comforts are there.  

If a person wants to “age in place”, the individual’s health must be considered.  Has his/her mobility been impacted due to accident or ageing? Of course, the residence must be compatible with the needs of the people living in it.  Since needs may change as individuals age, the home may require some modifications or additions.  To figure out what changes might be necessary to ensure the residents can live in the home safely, a professional can assess and recommend.  There may be Occupational Therapists who work for the local Public Health organization, and in larger communities, there may even be “Aging in Place” specialists who can do the same.  Depending on what is necessary, grants and subsidies may cover some changes, or the homeowner may have to pay out of pocket for expenses.  For example, having more than one floor can pose an issue to anyone who has difficulty with mobility.  There may be a need for a walker, a wheelchair, or pain in the body that makes it challenging to manoeuvre stairs.  Moving to a bungalow is always an option, but there is no guarantee finding one in the right neighbourhood, at the right price, or that modifications aren’t necessary.  The decision to install a stairlift or a home elevator can address mobility issues and allow one to “age in place”.

A stairlift is less expensive than a home elevator and can be installed more quickly as there would not be much preparation needed before installation. However, to use a stairlift, the individual would need to be mobile enough to independently get in and out of the lift or have someone who can aid this activity.  If assistance is required, it takes away from sought after independence.  A safety belt is also essential when using a stairlift.  Without it, tragic falls can occur.  If the individual is wheelchair-bound, the stairlift is not the best selection.  However, there is always a home elevator.  With today’s technology, home elevators are a feasible choice.   Home elevators can offer a variety of styles that can fit into all kinds of décor from traditional to modern.  Home elevators also have different operating mechanisms that can meet needs for varied situations.  Even limited space does not pose a problem.  They work well if a dwelling has multiple floors. All in all, home elevators are a practical solution to help ensure that seniors can remain in their homes for as long as it is appropriate to do so.

The Ascension Elevator Team would be thrilled to assist anyone who wants to remain in their home and their community.  Call at 587-978-8834 or email us at, and we can make an appointment to discuss your needs.