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Independent Living Aids For Seniors

Independent living is generally seen as a philosophy and way of looking at disability and society. The aim is to work for self-determination and equal opportunities. The philosophy promotes the fact that people with disabilities are the experts in their own needs and take initiative to take political power.

Centers for Independent Living are springing up al around the United States in order to teach people with disabilities to take more initiative over their lives. Peer support groups and Independent Living Skills classes are being established to allow caregivers and patients to take more control.

The Independent Living philosophy runs on the fact that people with disabilities have the same right to participation, degree of freedom, control and self determination. Depending on the level of disability of the patient, support services such as financial assistant, assistive technology and personal assistance are seen as being necessary to achieve the same level of independence.

Over the recent years, the IL movement has spread from North America. There are also many people who are proposing Aging In Place initiatives. Independent living can often be achieved through an incorporation of universal design principles, telecare and other assistive technologies.

The purpose of these programs is not to have to move from place to place and being familiar with the community allowing people to age in place. There are now Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists in place to help wit the growing need of this service model for seniors. More and more home health care agencies are being developed to fill the need for non-medical or custodial care.

Last Modified April 27, 2009 @ 11:54 pm
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