A new national survey commissioned by Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) suggests a stark gap between the desire and ability to age in place in America, with nearly 2 in 3 adults saying they have a goal to age in place (65%), while only 1 in 3 think they realistically will (33%).

Aging in place refers to the ability of an adult to live in their existing home or community regardless of age, income, or ability. The survey of 2,750 US adults revealed three main factors that influence individuals’ ability to age in place: social determinants of health (SDOH), presence and availability of one’s caregiver network, and the perceived quality of care, a media release from FMCNA notes.

“With adults living longer than ever before and a looming shortage in caregivers, it is critical for the healthcare community to commit to a future where older adults can age on their own terms,” said Bill Valle, Chief Executive Officer of FMCNA, a provider of products and services for people living with kidney failure, in the release. “This is why our organization is leading efforts to provide more access to home therapies and connected health that will allow individuals to thrive in the settings where they feel most comfortable.”

“This research further demonstrates the importance of addressing social determinants of health to improve patients’ quality of life and the chances for aging in place successfully,” states Felicia Speed, Corporate Director of Social Work Services at Fresenius Kidney Care. “It also suggests we must continue to help educate patients about all the resources now available for people to receive care in their own home.”

[Source(s): Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc, PR Newswire]