Every DwellAssured solution is designed in accordance with the latest aging in place science. Our scientific foundation is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Aging In Place Hierarchy of Needs*. Developed by Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., director of MIT’s AgeLab, this aging in place science breakthrough builds off Abraham Maslow’s traditional Hierarchy of Needs model which proposes that people seek to satisfy progressively higher human needs, starting with physical needs like food and shelter, and advancing through safety and security, belonging and love, esteem, and self-actualization.
Similar to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the MIT Aging in Place Hierarchy of Needs shows that, once an older adult’s basic needs are met, he or she can engage in society, enrich his or her life and the lives of others, and continue to grow as an individual.
The base of the Aging in Place Hierarchy represents your most basic health needs, including your physical wellness and nutrition. It’s also the foundation of all DwellAssured solutions. Our DwellAssured 360-Degree Age In Place Home Assessment, for example, includes a review of your physical, cognitive, and mental health, plus your medications, dietary needs, and more. All DwellAssured assessments are also performed by a licensed registered nurse who is an expert in the health care needs of older adults.
Safety is another fundamental need that must be met before you can focus on your higher pursuits—and it goes beyond basic home security. Perhaps bathing and showering present a greater fall risk these days. Maybe you feel more forgetful than before when you are driving. DwellAssured can help you evaluate your home and your life, room by room, activity by activity, to uncover and eliminate potential safety hazards and find opportunities to improve your comfort and mobility—without sacrificing your dignity.
As human beings, we require more than health and safety to live a fulfilling life. Connectivity is the first of the higher level requirements that older adults need to not just survive, but thrive, as they age in place. From transportation solutions to technological tools such FaceTime and Skype, DwellAssured helps you find smart—and easy-to-use—solutions to stay socially connected to your family, friends, and community.
For most of us, connecting with others is not enough. We also want to be meaningful contributors to our families, friends, and society at large. In other words, we want know that we are adding value to the lives of others. This boosts our confidence, self-esteem, and mental health. For older adults who are ready, DwellAsssured gives you the tools to stay cognitively and physically healthy so that you can remain active members in all the micro- and macro-communities that matter to you.
Coughlin defines legacy as our ability to use our “personal talents developed over a lifetime…to attain self-fulfillment and realize one’s full potential.”* At DwellAssured, we believe this is what meaningful aging is all about. All of our solutions are ultimately designed to help you reach this pinnacle—so that you can pursue new interests and activities, create lasting memories, and build the life that you have always wanted.
*Source: Coughlin, Joseph F. and Lau, Jasmine. “Global Aging & Technology Policy: Extending the Vision of Innovation in Aging Societies.” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006.