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Stringent Nursing Home Licensing Opens Opportunity for Home Care

With the so-called “Silver Tsunami” approaching shore, there are thousands of Americans turning 65 on a daily basis, leaving many to wonder how the United States’ increasingly older population will be cared for in the long-term. The term “Silver Tsunami,” of course, refers not to the rolling ocean tides, but rather the vast estimated increase in the senior population over the next decade.

One state that is especially worried about an older population is Pennsylvania, where according to a recent article in the Times-Tribune, gaining licensing for a new nursing home facility is virtually impossible. With more stringent nursing home guidelines put into place in 2000, and less money to go around through State Medicaid programs, according to Stuart Shapiro, M.D. of the Pennsylvania State Healthcare Association, “There has been virtually no building of nursing homes in the State,” and many facilities are selectively taking Medicaid patients due to insufficient reimbursement for care.

However, while budgetary constraints are bad news for seniors in need of public assistance with in home care, Ann Bale, a spokeswoman for the State Department of Public Welfare also noted that, “the model for long term care is changing,” with many programs offering incentives for home-based care.

Homecare Software Helps Providers with Solutions
While less facility-based care may be available for Pennsylvania’s seniors, the changing model that Bale refers to is widely based around the idea of seniors receiving required help in their own homes at a lesser cost, rather than living full-time in a facility.

Homecare providers using a homecare software or homecare system, such as ClearCare, to manage their operations offer an opportunity for senior’s to receive assistance, often for far less than the cost of moving into a full-time care facility. However, the benefits of homecare lie not only in cost.

An increasing number of seniors are expressing a desire to age in place, or stay at home as they live out their golden years. With the help of a private duty care agency using a homecare software or homecare system to manage needs and communicate with caregivers, seniors can ensure that their every need is met. For example, ClearCare’s robust homecare system allows agency administrators and family members to receive real-time updates from caregivers in the field, thus ensuring that the senior’s care team is in close communication – all coordinated from a central homecare system, such as ClearCare.

Exactly how the increasing senior population in Pennsylvania and throughout the world will receive care in the coming decades is an answer that will only become clear as we move forward with solution-based ideas. However, with a care model based around in-home services, the power of a homecare software and homecare system from ClearCare can help seniors age affordably at home.

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