Aging in Place Resources Q&A

Aging in Place Resources Q & A


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Sage Question small  My mother is a senior and needs some safety upgrades to her home so that she can continue to live there independently.  She won’t accept my help. Are there resources to help her?

Yes, there are resources for seniors to help Age in Place.

At Sage in Home, we have started to list Events, Programs and local Networks that are aimed at educating about and helping them Aging in Place. 

We suggest that you search for these resources in her area.  Perhaps she would like to attend a public event or learn more about a program.

Sage Question small  Why look at Aging in Place resources?

Aging in Place programs are not only increasing in number but are being structured to appeal to a broader range of people.

If there is an Aging in Place event in your area, we encourage you to attend to learn about the resources, as well as businesses and professionals, who can be of assistance.

If there is an Aging in Place program in your area, we suggest that you contact them, even if the information provided in our directory does not appear to be a good match.  Program administrators or sponsors often know about other resources in the community.

If you have the good fortune to be in an area with an Aging in Place Network, look for their public events, or consider contacting one of their members to learn more.

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Events

Sage Question small  I've never heard of an Aging in Place event. What is it?

Aging in Place events may not actually use the term “Aging in Place”.  For example, a local event might be called a Senior Information Day, Active Living Day, Aging at Home or something similar.

We divide Aging in Place in two categories and give examples of products and services for each:

  • The “person” – doctors, drugs, caregiving, transportation, “Meals on Wheels”
  • The “home” – home safety check, bath safety products, renovating a home

Although Sage in Home focuses on the “home”, most Aging in Place events, particularly those for the public, have elements of both categories. 

Find an Aging in Place Event in your area.

Sage Question small  Who should attend Aging in Place events?

Everyone is welcome at a public Aging in Place event, although admission or registration may be required.

Members of the public who tend to show up for Aging in Place events are typically seniors and their families as well as Baby Boomers approaching retirement. For some families this is preferable way to discuss Aging in Place, compared to a meeting over the kitchen table with one professional, business or organization.

Many Aging in Place Events have both “for profit” and “not-for-profit” representation. At smaller events, there may be a talk about an Aging in Place topic such as Fall Prevention hosted by a community group and a local retailer, for example.

Larger events may have “booths” where local public and non-for-profit organizations along with businesses and professionals can display information, including how to Age in Place.

Search by zip code or postal code to find an event near you.  

Sage Question small  What are the benefits of attending an Aging in Place event?

First, you can learn in a relatively low pressure environment.  Second, you can save time.

Typically, local Aging in Place events are attended by public and non-for-profit organizations along with businesses and professionals. Speaking to people in this environment is a lot less pressure than visiting an office, dropping by a store or arranging an in-home consultation.

And, consider how long it would take you to get around to the offices and stores of everyone you can meet at one time.  What a time saver!

Sage Question small  What types of Aging in Place events are listed on Sage in Home?

Sage in Home lists events for families and seniors (public events - more below) as well as events for professionals and businesses, such as training and Aging in Place network meetings.

Sage Question small  What is a typical local Aging in Place event for the public?

A public event could be an organized day at a local community center.  You should expect representatives from many public and non-for-profit organizations as well as professionals and businesses.

Some events are relatively small and specific such as a sign up day for home safety checks for a subdivision in a community or a Fall Prevention seminar.

Large Aging in Place events for the public cover the broad spectrum of Aging in Place needs including goods and services focused on the “person” and the “home”.  Examples of goods and services for the “person” are drug stores and caregiving.

"Home" focused Aging in Place is about safety, comfort and ease of use in the home through products and the physical environment, including home renovation.

Sage in Home focuses on the “home” – as do many professionals and businesses in a community.  You should also expect to find local Aging in Place resources for the "home" and the "person", such as a community groups offering free safety checks for Seniors' homes, meals delivered to the home and transportation.

Sage Question small  What is a typical virtual event?

A typical virtual event is a webinar. Some are public and others planned for professionals only.

And, as discussed above, you should expect some webinars to focus on the “person” part of Aging in Place (e.g. caregiving) and others to focus on the “home” (e.g. home safety).

Sage Question small  What should I expect to learn at a local Aging in Place event that is open to the public?

At a large public Aging in Place event, you should expect to learn what resources are available to assist you Age in Place in your community. 

Depending on the type of event and program, you might learn about "person-focused Aging in Place", such as caregiving or "home-focused Aging in Place", such as safety checks for fall prevention.  

You should also learn about information resources such industry associations that provide lists of qualified or experienced handymen and remodelers. Typically, these information resources are free of charge.  

You should also expect to learn about products and services for the “home” from professionals and businesses in your community that have gained experience in Aging in Place. 

For example, you might be able to speak with local home design and home renovation companies as well as Medicare suppliers who offer a range of products from simple bath safety upgrades to specialized needs, such as bath lifts. These professionals and businesses charge for their services or products but have taken an interest in meeting potential clients with Aging in Place needs.

Sage Question small  Why does Sage in Home list events that are not open to the public?

In addition to providing information for families and Seniors, Sage in Home is building an online community for Aging in Place professionals and businesses. We list Aging in Place training opportunities as well as events where professionals and businesses network together.

Sage Question small  I know of an Aging in Place event that is not listed on Sage in Home. What should I do?

Please let us know about the event.  You can add an event by clicking on this link.

We will need to verify the event and request that you provide information relating to the sponsorship or contacts in your community.

Sage Question small  I am a qualified Aging in Place professional or business listed on Sage in Home. How do I add an event to the Sage in Home calendar?

Once you have claimed your Professional (individuals with Aging in Place training) or Business listing on Sage in Home, you can list an Aging in Place Event  on an expedited basis – meaning that we do not require other verification of the event.  Please check the qualifications for an Aging in Place Event before requesting to add one.

Note: We monitor event additions and reserve the right to not list events.

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Programs

Sage Question small  How do I find free programs for my elderly parent on Sage in Home?

Some of the programs listed on Sage in Home may be free for qualifying applicants.  The program description may inform you about cost. Contact the program manager or sponsor to discuss eligibility.

Sage Question small  How do I find subsidized programs on Sage in Home?

First, we suggest that you contact your local Area Agency on Aging for programs in your area.  

Second, visit the program website or contact the program manager or sponsor for information about costs and financial assistance.

Sage Question small  What types of Aging in Place programs are listed on Sage in Home?

We list local programs that are focused on the “home” – safety upgrades, renovation or planning a safe home after hospital discharge. 

We also list a few Aging in Place programs for “the person” such as transportation, caregiving and visitations. Typically those programs are offered by a program manager that offers some "home" focused Aging in Place program or belongs to an Aging in Place Network.

Sage Question small  I know of an Aging in Place program that is not listed on Sage in Home. What should I do?

Great!  Please let us know because we would like to add the program to our database.

 Provide what details you can about who we can contact to get the full program details.

Aging in Place programs are not only increasing in number but are being structured to appeal to a broader range of people.

Sage Question small  I am a qualified Aging in Place professional or business listed on Sage in Home. How do I add a program to the Sage in Home program directory?

First, claim your professional and/or business listing on Sage in Home.  Remember, professional listings are for individuals who have Aging in Place training.

Second, send an email to us.

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Networks

Sage Question small  What is an Aging in Place Network?

Aging in Place Networks are groups that may 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

Sage Question small  What is an Aging in Place Network event?

Most Aging in Place Network events have public events for the community as well as events for professionals and businesses only.

If you have the good fortune to have an Aging in Place Network in your local area, consider attending one of their public events.  It is a low pressure and time efficient way to learn about the resources available in your community to Age in Place. 

You will also meet businesses such as retailers, consultants, and home renovation professionals who have experience helping others in your community to Age in Place.

Sage Question small  How do I start an Aging in Place Network in my area?

If you are interested in building a network that may include individuals, businesses, retailers, public and not-for-profits for the purpose of helping people in your community access Aging in Place resources, then we commend you!

Practically, we suggest that you and your potential network members look at the National Aging in Place Council as a potential manager/sponsor or your network.

Sage Question small  I am a member of an Aging in Place Network. How do I arrange to be listed on Sage in Home?

First, thank you!  We believe that you and your network members are fulfilling an important role in your community.

Please read our criteria for Aging in Place Networks in the Sage Guide. Then, send an email to us with relevant information about your network and its sponsorship.

Sage Question small  Why look at Aging in Place resources?

Aging in Place programs are not only increasing in number but are being structured to appeal to a broader range of people.