Over the past decade, a lot of things have changed within the home care industry, especially public perception. Within the medical community, hospitals, doctors, and other professionals have seen the inherent value home care offers many of their aging and disabled patients.
As the baby boomer generation retires, it has been expected that more demand for in-home care health services will increase. That’s because the baby boomer generation will alter the demographic in this country. Within 10 or 15 years, 20 percent of the population will be over 65.
As they need help and assistance with even the basic tasks of everyday life or to recover following a hospitalization, many of these aging seniors are preferring to remain home if they can get the help required. This is considered ‘aging in place,’ and it’s a driving force for the home care industry as a whole.
According to the Omaha World-Herald opinion blog, Public Pulse: Home health care; ‘Legitimate’ Republican?; Discipline at home, school, in the section on home health written by VNA President and CEO James C. Summerfelt:
“More than 90% of Americans say they prefer to age in place and receive health care in their own homes rather than in institutionalized settings such as nursing homes or hospitals.
The good news is that home-based care is less expensive, patient-centered, high-quality and keeps families together when their loved ones need it most. Our nation is experiencing a severe health care crisis, and promoting home health care is the answer. It provides quality care, at the best price, in the comfort of home.”
With this increase in demand, it’s also essential to understand how home care saves people money. Compared to other long-term care options, home care is the most affordable, even at full time, 40 hour a week service.
Taking into account that home care aides can simply be hired for a couple of hours at a time, for as little as a couple of days a week to start, then it becomes clear that it is far more affordable to choose this option than to spend all of one’s time in a nursing home, for example.
It isn’t just more affordable for individual patients, but for the federal government as well. When Medicaid is reimbursing for these support services, it can save the federal and state governments money compared to these other long-term care options.
These simple factors are helping to drive more elderly and disabled adults to look into home care when they need some type of extended support and medical attention at home.
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