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Senior Care Services
Growing Need for Senior Care in the U.S.
As baby boomers begin to turn 65, the need for senior care in the U.S. will continue to grow. The 65+ population is expected to double by 2050. By 2030, one in five Americans will be a senior.
All types of senior care will need to grow to meet this rising demand: nursing homes, assisted living, adult day care, independent living facilities, home health care and in-home senior care. And as Americans live longer, more are choosing senior care alternatives that enable them to maintain as independent a lifestyle as possible, for as long as possible.
In-home senior care that assists older Americans with activities of daily living (ADLs) is growing in popularity among seniors, who want to continue living in their own home where they can maintain vital connections they have developed in their communities over the years.
To provide seniors access to a full range of services and smooth their transition from one type of care to another as their needs change--for instance, from hospital care to short-term nursing home care for rehabilitation, and back home again--in-home senior care providers develop partnerships with other senior care providers.
In-home senior care providers, for instance, often partner with home health care and hospice agencies to make certain seniors have access to skilled care services when the need arises, allowing them to remain in the comfort of home.
Senior care services provided in the home are designed to help seniors maintain an optimal level of independence at home. While meeting their physical needs, these services also promote seniors' emotional and mental well-being and their overall quality and enjoyment of life.
In addition to providing help with personal care tasks, such as bathing and grooming, and household tasks, such as light housekeeping and meal preparation, in-home senior caregivers offer companionship, including conversation, walks, transportation to church and senior centers and assistance with hobbies and other interests.
In-home senior care providers allow a client's family to be as involved in the care of their loved one as they wish or are able. Depending on the family's level of involvement, in-home caregivers provide from a few hours of service a week, to give family caregivers a respite, to 24/7 full-time care, particularly when family members live far away. In the latter case, senior care providers serve as a communication link with the distant family members to keep them up-to-date on their loved one's care and status. The senior in-home care provider offers the family peace of mind.