As this country heads into what some may call a potential crisis with regard to senior care, more seniors and their adult children or other support systems admit they would prefer to remain at home. It’s not just an aging population that wishes to remain within the comfort of their home, even if they have difficulty with some basic tasks, but their loved ones, men and women who may be directly responsible for assisting them if and when that time comes.
A significant majority of Baby Boomers and GenXers, as these generations are commonly referred to, state they would prefer to have their aging loved ones remain home, willing to step up and provide whatever care and support they can for them.
As reported in Forbes, in the article, New Survey Finds Adult Children Want Their Parents To Age At Home, written by Robin Seaton Jefferson:
“Nearly 85% of baby boomers and Generation Xers surveyed responded that they would prefer for their parents and loved ones age at home, as opposed to in a professional senior care facility, said Chris Buitron, chief marketing officer of Senior Helpers. “It’s no secret that most seniors prefer to stay in their homes as they age, but we wanted to find out their adult children’s attitudes on the topic.”
Some of these older men and women, though, admit they are concerned about their ability to provide adequate support for a loved one in the event that situation arise. Only 15 percent of the respondents in this study said they would prefer their aging family members move into a senior care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living community.
This survey also found that 67 percent of respondents would feel comfortable discussing long-term care options with their aging family members. That’s an important fact because opening up dialogue among loved ones, especially about sensitive topics like this, is commonly seen as a stumbling block for some.
Also nearly two-thirds of respondents felt that when seniors are cared for within their own home, the experience is more positive. All of this information reveals that more Americans today are hopeful about the prospect of them or a loved one being able to age in place, regardless of the specific health or physical challenges they might face in the future.
When home care agencies and other businesses acknowledge this and offer easier to find information to share, it may open the door to a smoother transition to adequate and experienced care.