At this point in time, there can be little argument about the impact home care is having on elderly and disabled clients. It provides a cost-effective and more comfortable alternative to nursing homes and extended hospital stays. As more services are provided through some type of home care setting, it also allows people the opportunity to be treated at home and even monitored remotely instead of having to travel to a facility or clinical setting.
There are numerous reasons for an increase in demand for home care support services, not the least of which involves the growing senior population in the United States. The baby boomer generation is now retiring and as the population ages, there will be more seniors requiring support and care for their health and physical capabilities.
As this aging population retires, they also prefer to receive any type of care necessary at home, if given the choice. In Connecticut, for example, the demand for home care is clearly increasing. This could be due to several factors beyond just an aging population in the state.
There have been numerous reports of shortcomings, neglect, and failures on the part of nursing homes. Also, nursing home care costs have been skyrocketing, and these can all be contributing to the increased demand for home care support.
According to The Charlotte Observer in the Associated Press news blog, Report shows growing demand for home care in Connecticut, published August 4, 2019:
“A new report predicts a major increase in demand for home care for older Connecticut residents and people with disabilities.
The analysis was conducted by Mercer Human Services Consulting , a firm retained by the Department of Social Services to help plan for future Medicaid-funded services. It projects the growing demand for alternatives to institutional care will lead to excess capacity in nursing homes, reducing need by nearly 6,000 beds by 2040.
Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw says Connecticut has been “moving in the right direction on long-term care for a number of years,” including various Medicaid-funded services to help people live at home.”
Home care is far more affordable than almost every other type of long-term care. In Connecticut, with the cost of living driving people to move out of the state, seeking more affordable accommodations elsewhere, it is also causing those who remain to look for more cost effective options for care.
Home care is certainly a benefit on numerous levels, not the least of which is economics, but as people prefer to remain comfortable, even as they struggle with Activities of Daily Living, they are preferring the home care option over other choices.
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