There’s no doubt that America is aging. In a recent article posted on McKnight’s Long Term Care News, Angil Tarach-Ritchey poignantly points out that number of Baby Boomers turning 65 each and every day is setting up our nation for an elder care crisis if the steps aren’t taken to prepare for the burgeoning senior population.
Currently, Genworth Financial service estimates the average annual cost of a nursing home room to hover around $84,000. And, Tarach-Ritchey points out that the cost of semi-private bed in a skilled nursing facility is expected to jump to $210,000 per year over the next 20 years. These numbers are startling to anyone, but for seniors evaluating their nest egg, such high prices can make elder care seem simply unattainable.
One potential solution to reducing elder care costs is the increased use of in-home elder care, which allows seniors to receive help in their own familiar surroundings only when they need it – opposed to having to pay to live in a facility and pay for ‘round-the-clock care if not necessary.
Home Care Software offers Viable Solutions for Home Care Agencies
With the “silver tsunami” approaching shore, home care agencies are wise to use this time to prepare for an expected increase in clientele over the next two decades.
As part of these preparations, instituting the use of a robust home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare, allows home care agencies to manage their current client load while also efficiently managing incoming prospects, referral networks and a growing caregiver pool.
With home care system features, such as:
- Caregiver-Client Matching
- Cloud- Based Accessibility
- Increased Transparency
- Performance-based Reporting
- Unlimited client/caregiver record entry
A home care software like ClearCare gives agency administrators a wealth of tools that can be accessed and managed in one place.
Beyond features available to manage current clients and caregivers, ClearCare’s home care software and home care system allows users to effectively build & manage a referral source network. As the need for elder care continues to grow, agencies with an established relationship and positive reputation amongst referral sources such as physicians, hospital discharge planners and social services organizations will be poised to increase service hours.
With the power of a home care software and home care system, like ClearCare, private duty agencies are given the ability to manage their current operation while preparing for the future – and positioning themselves as a leader in the local elder care market for years to come.