This page and the tools and forms provided on this page can be used to carry out a high-level assessment on why and how to improve or prepare the home in a holistic way for aging or an elderly person. The form can be used as a self-assessment, but we do recommend to do it together with another person, a partner, family member, friend, or care-taker. For professional assessments by a physical or occupational therapist, or a doctor; a more detailed form with guidelines is available.
Some companies also provide specialized service for elderly, but we recommend to always check if their services includes a physical or occupational therapist for a more activity and person-centered approach. Once the needs and opportunities are understood, there are also many forms and guidebooks available, in Thai and in English, on how to improve the home.
Why “Good Aging In Place”? Most adults would prefer to age in place – meaning they would like to stay in their homes as long as possible. Thailand is a rapidly aging society and an increasing number of households are elderly only or include a resident of 60 years of age or older. Yet despite the preference to continue to live at the home, the majority of households with elderly have not made preparations. Making the preparation early enough can significantly reduce costs at a later stage, and enable more active, safe, and better aging.
“Good Aging in Place” builds on this and presents a more comprehensive approach that draws on insights and experience from doctors, occupational and physical therapists, architects, technologists and user experience designers. The focus is still on home environment, but using a people and health centric approach. Future research efforts might add more on care and home services, financial preparation, and developing a city-wide ecosystem supportive of elderly.
They key issue with technology is that awareness and user attitude vary widely across geographies, generations, income groups and educational levels. In Thailand, outside of Bangkok, functional use of information or digital technology is much lower. This needs to be considered when introducing technology. Most importantly though is that technology, just like home improvements, needs to be addressing a problem.
“Aging in place is about living in one’s home of choice-safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”