As of January 1, 2011, nearly 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 – every single day! With the American population reaching retirement age, many of these people are also beginning to require a little extra care.
Elderly care can mean a myriad of things. Perhaps your 70-year-old mother needs a ride to the doctor, or hair salon every week. Or, maybe your 80-year-old husband has suffered a stroke and needs help bathing and eating. Still, maybe your 90 year old parents are comfortable at home, in good health, but have a hard time cooking for themselves or running errands. No matter what the specific needs are, there’s no doubt that the need for elderly care is growing.
Types of Elderly Care:
More than 65 million people in the United States provide care for an elderly or ill loved one. According to the AARP, the value of this care adds up to over $375 billion dollars each year; which is no surprise, considering that most family caregivers estimate that they spend nearly 20 hours/week providing care. While providing elderly care for a loved one can be rewarding, it can also be exhausting. Many family caregivers report a decline in their health and overall well-being when they bear the burden alone.
Home Care Service:
In home care agencies provide non-medical care for seniors living in their homes. This type of care provides assistance with activities of daily living like cooking, laundry, hygiene and cleaning for an affordable cost. Studies have found that many seniors desire to stay in their homes for as long as possible, and home care helps make that happen. If families are hesitant to bring in outside help, selecting an agency that uses ClearCare home care software may help make the transition smoother.
Nursing Home/Assisted Living Care:
When family caregivers and home care services cannot provide a high enough level of elderly care, seniors may choose to relocate to an assisted living or nursing home facility. Many seniors view this option as a last resort, due to lessened independence and a high cost.
When deciding on the best type of elderly care for you, or a loved one, remember that care plans can change over time and that there are a wide array of resources to support you in your elder care adventure!