The Dangers of Aging at Home

Many memories are made in your home. The space is completely yours and you feel safe and secure. You may have your favorite chair to drink your morning coffee, and you know the quirks of your appliances to get them to work perfectly. Maybe you love how the sun shines through your windows as it sets each evening. You can even recall memories of your kids playing tag in your backyard. As we age, many individuals choose to stay in their homes rather than move anywhere else.

However, as we age, it can become more difficult to navigate your home on your own. Day-to-day chores can become harder to get done as things such as stairs, wet floors, carpets, etc. become obstacles. There are many reasons why staying at home to “age in place” might not be a safe choice.

Here are four (4) reasons why staying in your home could become a safety issue.


According to the National Institute on Aging, 6 out of every 10 falls by seniors happen at home. Preventing a fall at home can become costly due to all the modifications you would have to do.

Also, some falls could result in serious injuries, making a return to your house in its current state not feasible. At Menno Haven, our independent living residences are designed for aging adults and there is care available should you need it.


As we age, we become at increased risk of social isolation due to many factors. According to a recent report, nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated. Having a lack of companionship at home can become lonely. Moving into a retirement community can help you remain socially active by participating in activities, events, or making friends with your new neighbors.


“Planning a day’s worth of meals using smart food choices might seem overwhelming,” says the National Institute on Aging. If you have certain dietary restrictions or needs based on age and health diagnoses, it can be challenging to plan or make meals on your own.

Depending on your mobility and transportation needs, it may be difficult to go to the store on your own to stock up on ingredients. Despite programs and services such as Meals on Wheels, it can still become a challenge. Some even rely on frozen meal which don’t provide very many nutrients.

The Responsibility of Care Coordination

When living at home, coordinating many aspects of living can become the responsibility of yourself, a spouse, or family members. Many individuals require medicine, therapies or other healthcare needs.

Change can be hard. At Menno Haven, we understand, and we make your space feel like home and in your style.

Menno Haven provides a world-class environment for senior living in Chambersburg, PA. Our location is the area’s largest and most well-respected retirement community, as we bring a holistic approach to meet the mind, body, and spirit of each individual.

Interested in learning more about Menno Haven? Contact us or call (717) 262-2373.