Improving Quality of Life for Seniors
Improving Quality of Life for the Rapidly Growing Senior Population
According to recent statistics, over 80 percent of Americans who are either approaching an advanced age or who are already seniors are dedicated to aging in their own home surroundings for as long as possible. For the elderly, particularly for those individuals who live alone, remaining at home can pose many daunting challenges. Everyday tasks and functions that the average person might normally take for granted can eventually become a logistical nightmare for an elderly person who has begun to experience increasing difficulty in independently managing their own transportation, meal preparation, household safety, and basic bathing and grooming, among other things.
In many instances seniors live at home until an accident or illness occurs that requires them to give up most of their independence and ultimately rely on family members or long term assisted living and skilled nursing facilities for the rest of their lives. However, not only would most seniors prefer to live at home rather than have their lives dramatically altered by being uprooted and placed in a care facility, recent studies actually support the fact that seniors experience multiple benefits related to physical, mental and emotional stability when they are able to stay in their homes.
In 2009, seniors (persons aged 65 years or older) comprised 12.9% of the population. Approximately 1 in 8 Americans is now over the age of 65. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, this percentage will rise significantly over the next 20 years. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Administration on Aging, by 2030 approximately 19% of the population or 72.1 million people will be senior citizens.
Statistics also support the idea that people tend to experience a better overall sense of well-being when they are allowed and enabled to continue living in the comfort and familiarity of their homes. Rate of recovery and overall condition post illness or injury is often improved in individuals who are discharged back to their homes rather than into an assisted living environment or other long term care facility.
Quality in home care can provide patients with consistent, individualized attention that most long term facilities are unable to provide. When combined, statistics on the average senior’s desire to remain living and aging at home and statistics regarding the rapidly rising segment of the population that is approaching advanced age clearly illustrate the need for an increase in quality in home care providers. As our population continues to grow and age, we will need to find better, more sustainable solutions to maintaining the health and welfare of seniors that also actively involve seniors in making key decisions about how, where and by whom they wish to be cared for.
The Advantages of In Home Care
In home care offers the ability for seniors and the elderly to remain in their homes with greater comfort. Studies have shown that seniors who remain in familiar surroundings as they age maintain a higher sense of independence and quality of life.
Further studies have also shown that taking on the responsibilities of parental in home care by the family leads to increased family stress and illness. We specialize in helping families with their in-home care needs. We offer experienced, certified caregivers to make life easier and more comfortable for the whole family.