Aging in Place Resources Guide

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Aging in Place Resources


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Intro

Aging in Place is a growing movement around the world.  So it should be no surprise that there are resources to help families and seniors themselves. 

A great way to learn about Aging in Place in your community is to attend a public event.  Most of these events will feature public, non-profit and for-profit organizations that can help you make better choices when upgrading the safety of a home or planning a home renovation.

There are also a wide variety of programs directed at Aging in Place.  Programs may be free, subsidized or pay-for-service.  Some examples of Aging in Place programs are safety checks, product rentals after hospital discharge and tax credits for home renovation.

Since Aging in Place can involve many aspects of the home and the people living in their home independently, a number of Aging in Place Networks have been formed.  Typically, these networks include Aging in Place professionals such as contractors and designers.  These local networks may also include financial planning consultants, home care and retailers.

If you have the good fortune to have an Aging in Place network near you, we suggest that you review their list of members and check out their events in the network directory.

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Learning Materials

Looking for some information?  Possibly you want to:

  • Make your parent’s home safer
  • Plan a renovation that will offer you comfort for years to come
  • Discover best practices for preparing patient’s homes after hospitalization

Good news! Sage in Home aims to create the largest, organized library of multimedia materials about Aging in Place, particularly as it relates to the physical home.

We list checklists, guides and brochures that are free, as well as books, videos and podcasts “for purchase”.

For Consumers and Professionals

1. Save Time – Our listing of materials is highly organized with categories designed to help you find what you want quickly.

2. Save Money – Only purchase what isn’t available for free.  And, only purchase books, videos and podcasts that meet your exact criteria.

3. Sharing is Learning – We encourage trustworthy sources to share their best multimedia learning materials in Aging in Place.  Consumers and professionals will benefit.

Learn more about what qualifies as a “trustworthy source” below under:

  • Free materials
  • For purchase materials

Free materials

Sage in Home lists of free multimedia materials published by public or non-profit organization (includes Aging in Place Networks).  The intended audience can be the public or professionals.

Some examples of free Aging in Place multimedia materials:

  • A Senior Safety checklist published by a community based organization
  • An Aging in Place Network brochure listing its members
  • A video or podcast on the topic of living with a health issue in the home, produced by non-for profit

Note: Although we focus on the physical home – and the products and services that will make it safe, comfortable and easy to use for Aging in Place – we include learning materials about other aspects of Aging in Place published by public and non-profit organizations.

As of 2014, there are no free materials created by businesses in our directory. This policy will be reviewed in 2015. Note: Videos by product manufacturer are included in “Find products by Feature”.

For purchase materials

Sage in Home lists “for purchase” books, videos and podcasts that may be of interest to consumers or Aging in Place professionals or businesses.

As of November 2014, all multimedia materials in our Learning directory that are “for purchase” are listed on Amazon.com so that you can easily purchase and see consumer reviews.

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Events

Sage in Home maintains a listing of Aging in Place events (offered by public, non-profits or professional event planners only) that are:

  • Local
  • Regional or National
  • Internet based (e.g. webinars)

Types of events include:

  • Public expositions and shows focused on Aging in Place, Seniors, Baby Boomers or aging in general
  • Topic specific seminars for an aspect of Aging in Place  (e.g. Fall prevention, Identity theft, Designing a dream home)
  • Professional training for Aging in Place qualifications and continuing education

Public Events

At a public Aging in Place event, Families, Seniors and Baby Boomers can expect to learn about:

  • Aging in Place in your local community
  • Programs offered by public and non-for-profit groups ( e.g. safety checks, transportation, meal delivery)
  • Businesses that can help you (e.g. installation services, renovation assistance, home care)

Anyone can request to add an Aging in Place event to Sage in Home.

We verify all events with one of the following before posting to the website:

  • Public organizations, such as a Local Agency on Aging
  • Registered non-profit groups
  • Professionals and Businesses listed on Sage in Home (we only list those with Aging in Place qualifications)

Notes:
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Events organized by businesses are not listed in the Sage in Home directory of events.
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Businesses are permitted to advertise their educational events on the Sage in Home website.
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Sage in Home retains the right to refuse any request to add an event.

If your public or non-profit group is planning an Aging in Place event, you can find more details about adding and editing your event on Sage in Home in our guide For Partners.

Events for Professionals and Businesses

Most of the events of interest for professionals and businesses fall in these categories:

  • Training for Aging in Place professionals
  • Seminars and webinars on best practices offered by a non-profit, such as an industry association
  • Aging in Place Network meetings

If you are an Aging in Place professional or business, please read our guide For Partners.

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Programs

Aging in Place programs assist individuals in, for example:

  • Making their home safer (e.g. a safety assessment)
  • Purchasing products used primarily in the home (e.g. step stool)
  • Renting products used in the home (e.g. a walker or transfer bench)
  • Light assembly and installation (e.g. a bath chair and grab bar)
  • Complex design, purchase and installation of products in the home (e.g. a complete bathroom)

 

Programs can be added to the Sage in Home directory by:

  • Public organizations, such as a local agency on Aging
  • Registered non-profit groups
  • Qualified Aging in Place Networks
  • Qualified Aging in Place Professionals
  • Qualified Aging in Place Businesses

Sage in Home reviews all programs submissions and retains the right to refuse any listing.

To thank businesses that assist public and non-profit Aging in Place Programs, the program sponsors can request a listing for a business. Note: Sole proprietors who are sponsored must be listed as a business, not as a professional. The Aging in Place professional qualification is based solely on credentials (e.g. Aging in Place training).

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Networks

Aging in Place Networks are community based groups that can help you Age in Place.  Members of these networks provide a local service such as contracting, design or counseling.  A few are public and non-profit organizations that can assist you in finding local resources.

Some Network members are businesses and some are not, but they all adhere to a standard of conduct.  Some network sponsors, such as the National Aging in Place Council, completes a background check on members.

Aging in Place Networks typically include retailers, professionals, businesses, public institutions and non-profits that have organized with the purpose of working together to offer and refer Aging in Place services that can be:

  • Free
  • Subsidized
  • For-profit

If you have the good fortune to have an Aging in Place Network in your community, you should search for public events that they sponsor.  It is a time saving and low pressure way to meet representatives from local resources, businesses and services as well as other Aging in Place professionals in your community.

Sage in Home wants to support Aging in Place Networks as well as the members of qualified networks.  A qualified network is sponsored or administered by:

  • A recognized organization that conducts background checks as a condition of membership, such as the National Aging in Place Council
  • A public or non-for profit offering an Aging in Place Program listed on Sage in Home.

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