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Connecting Existing Homes with Social Services – 2010


The number of older adults showing a strong interest in aging in place is continuously increasing. This fact sheet created by AARP explores an alternative to assisted living facilities and retirement communities that connects existing homes with social services. This arrangement allows older adults to age in the comfort of their own homes while making the services they require easily accessible through a home delivery system.

Key Points

The fact sheet provides a brief discussion of an approach that allows older people to age in place by connecting existing homes with services to meet their needs, an overview of the services that are commonly offered and how they are delivered, and the challenges and solutions related to implementing this kind of service delivery program.

Other report highlights include:

  1. Residential models that naturally make up an ideal setting for efficiently delivering services include federally subsidized rental housing and naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs).
  2. According to the fact sheet, it is estimated that over half of all federally subsidized private rental units are occupied by older adults, making these residential communities a prime location to deliver social services efficiently to older adults planning to aging in place.
  3. Services often provided by this approach include transportation assistance, medical clinics, preventative health screenings, housekeeping assistance, etc.
  4. For seniors living on a fixed budget, the cost may outweigh the benefits of having these services conveniently delivered to their homes.

How to Use

The fact sheet provides insight on an approach to aging in place that implements a delivery system of social services for older adults who can still comfortably live at home but need assistance to access certain services. Solutions to the challenges of delivering this kind of diverse care are discussed throughout the report. Planners and government officials can use this fact sheet to understand better the option of supportive housing and the benefits it offers to the senior population, as well as the best funding methods for this type of housing arrangement. In addition, planners, in particular, can use this fact sheet to gain an understanding of naturally occurring retirement communities and how to ensure seniors living in such communities receive the assistance they require.

View full report: Connecting Existing Homes with Social Services – 2010 (PDF – 51 KB)

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