According to population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, by the year 2030, individuals aged 65 and over will make up one-fifth of the American population. This statistic, combined with the fact that, on average, people are living longer, means that it is imperative for seniors to receive the care they need to maintain overall wellbeing for as long as possible.
While people want to live longer, they also want as many of those years to be “good years” as possible. Ideally, seniors want to be able to spend their golden years comfortably and actively. However, chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, arthritis and cognitive impairment such as dementia can greatly reduce the number of “good years” that seniors experience later in life.
With that in mind, it is important – more so now than ever – for seniors to be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle that supports positive wellbeing in an effort to enjoy more of those golden years.
How Home Care Software Can Help
While the basis for good health is typically nutrition, exercise and access to medical care, seniors can also benefit greatly from the assistance of an in-home caregiver from a private duty home care agency. Caregivers providing care managed with a home care software or home care system, like ClearCare Online, can provide assistance with tasks vital to senior wellbeing, such as:
Nutrition: Eating enough – and enough of the right foods can have a major impact on senior health. With a caregiver using a home care system, administrators can add daily tasks to prepare meals that meet a senior’s particular dietary needs. Additionally, caregivers can leave voice comments within ClearCare Online’s home care software that notify other members of a care team if seniors are not eating properly.
Transportation: Receiving proper medical care and keeping in touch with social events can help seniors maintain keep in touch with healthcare providers and peers. Agencies using a home care software and home care system, like ClearCare Online, to manage caregivers can easily match employees with driving certifications to seniors in need of transportation assistance. Additionally, when there’s a need for transportation, shifts can be easily scheduled within the home care software, triggering automatic reminder alerts to the caregiver via the home care system!
Condition Monitoring: For seniors dealing with a chronic condition like arthritis or high blood pressure, for example, ensuring that medications and care regimens are followed can be a vital part of care. With a home care software or home care system like ClearCare Online in place, caregivers can track medication reminders and ensure that daily routines are in place. Not to mention, with voice telephony notes in the home care system, if something’s not quite right, caregivers can easily leave a note for agency administators or family members to provide better coordinated care.
Making later years great years is a noble pursuit. With seniors committed to their overall wellbeing and the help of family caregivers and a private duty agency using ClearCare Online’s home care software – that pursuit can become a reality.