By 2020, 56 million American will be 65 years and older and by 2050, that number will increase to 84 million. With the abundance of aging adults, there are more seniors looking for appropriate avenues for care in their later life. Nearly 70% of Americans 65 years or older will require assistance to care for themselves.
What Are Their Options?
The options usually fall between care provided by a loved one, being placed in an assisted living facility or hiring assistance provided in the comfort of their own home. Research has shown that roughly 9/10 Americans 65 years an older prefer to stay in their home as long as possible. Many seniors need assistance with daily tasks that do not require a move to a nursing home. In fact, just a few hours of care a day can prevent a trip to the hospital and diminish the need for a nursing home.
Statistics of the Stain on Family Caregivers
Many family members have taken the role of the primary caregiver for an aging loved one. 34.2 million Americans serve as family caregivers to loved ones 50 years and older spending an average of 24.4 hours per week providing care. 60% of family caregivers also work and of those, 61% have to make work accommodations in order to provide the required care for their family member. AARP estimates that the ratio of potential family caregivers to those 80 years and older will decrease from 7:1 today to 4:1 by 2030, and to less than 3:1 by 2050. The proportion of those 65 years and older compared to the working age population will nearly double, from 20% to 38%, meaning the total population of possible family caregivers is decreasing. 19% of family caregivers report physical stain and 70% report some form of depression. One study showed that family caregivers are 25% more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure and 50% are more likely to experience daily physical pain. Another factor is that families are moving further away from one another with an average of adults 60 years and older with one or more adult children living more than 280 miles from their nearest child.
What is Home Care?
Home Care is the term used for non-medical care provided by competent and trained caregivers in the client’s home. Home Care is the solution for many aging adults to fill the gaps in traditional care, such as nursing homes, hospitals, family caregivers and other health care services.
Cross Home Care offers a wide variety of services ranging from Companionship Services such as mental stimulation, socializing, transportation, meal preparation and cleaning to Personal Care Services such as bathing, grooming, dressing and continence assistance.
It is important not to confuse home care and home health care. Home health is medically necessary and doctor prescribed. Services are carried out by a variety of medical professionals. Home health is primarily paid for by Medicare and Medicaid while the majority of home care clients pay privately. However, other payment options are available for some home care clients such as VA benefits, Medicaid Waivers and Long-Term Care Insurance.
Who Uses Home Care Services?
The majority of home care clients are seniors with an average age of 69 years old. 59% of clients have long-term physical conditions and 25% have memory problems. 37% of care recipients have more than one ongoing health problem. For seniors who need assistance a few hours a day or 24/7, home care is life changing. Having the peace of mind that you are safe and comfortable at home transitions into a better state of mind and a high quality of life.
Home Care Benefits
Working with Cross Home Care means you receive highly trained caregivers that not only provide agreed upon services but maintain a safe and clean environment and monitor daily client changes. Due to this, hospitalization rates decrease dramatically in our community and clients live longer, happier lives.
Socialization and Companionship: Research shows that 43% of seniors feel social isolation and loneliness regularly. Of the 43%, 59% are more likely to experience decline in their ability to perform ADL’s and there is a 45% higher likelihood of dying.
Preventing Falls and Other Common Injuries: Falls are the #1 reason for emergency room visits among seniors. Caregivers are trained in spotting trip hazards and maintain a safe and clean environment to decrease the likelihood of falls.
Keeping Seniors Healthy: Between providing medication reminders and healthy, balanced meals, seniors who participate in home care services are maintained a healthy lifestyle.
Providing Personalized Care: Each client is different meaning each client has different needs. Many clients just want socialization and light housekeeping a few days a week while others require medication reminders, bathing, transportation and much more. No matter the level of care, home care can help enhance the client’s quality of life. Every new client receives a free consultation that goes over any questions the client/ family has and the individualized services required of Cross Home Care.
Open Line of Communication: The client isn’t the only one who benefits from home care services. Families living hundreds of miles away or just up the street receive peace of mind that their loved one is safe and being cared for by trained caregivers. There is an open line of communication ensuring that any change in the client’s condition is reported to designated loved ones. Also, every shift has a Care Log filled out explaining the tasks performed, activities completed and any changes noted.
Reducing Hospital Visits: According to research, patients with Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia who had hired home care assistance had decreased hospital admission rates (58%) vs. 66% without home care. Also, people using home care services reported 25% fewer doctor visits each year.