Senior home care services are a rising trend for today’s elders who are known as the ‘baby boomer’ generation. The increase in demand results from today’s demographic, economic, and technological changes which have created a population of seniors that are living longer, healthier, and active lives.
The baby boom generation are not settling for the ‘alone and invisible’ pathway as did their parents. (Note we are not blaming the parents of yesteryear.) From this experience of taking care of their aging parents, some seniors know and understand the eventual burden of caretaking.
From that lesson, today’s seniors are initiating pro-active planning for life after retirement and as they continue aging. The baby boomers recognize and respect that their adult children have lives, careers, and family of their own, which overtime may cause conflict in providing the necessary care for them. In some cases, the adult children may eventually be or unable to provide any care for them.
In bygone days, elders and their adult children lived in old-fashioned neighborhoods where a nucleus of family, friends, and neighbors have a support network that allowed them to assist each other with the caretaking of aging members of the community. The caretaking activities would have included taking the elder members to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, recreational outings, conversations, administrating medication(s), gatherings, or meal preparations. The responsibility was shared; Home Care Services was less stressful for the adult children and other families.
For the current society, if the adult children are unable to provide the necessary care for parents, the caregiver is often faced with searching for alternative living arrangements and/or caregiving providers such as nursing services, respite care, or assistant living facilities. Depending on the services, the cost may be astronomical, along with other barriers such as cultural, language, mis-housed in care facilities, or tolerating a young staffer’s impatience.
However, the most challenging and difficult hardship and heart wrenching barrier to care for seniors that have high assets is that their assets are now a liability. In order to receive Medicare benefits, the senior must spend down all their assets to collect the benefits.
Armed with experience and knowledge, baby boomers envision a different type of elder services. The boomers dream of having access to affordable housing, using assets toward care, convenience services, an inter-generational community and a model that is not solely based on business but inclusive of people caring oriented with people.
For seniors that desire to continue to live in home of their own, a community created and based on caring for people with people will provide a type of senior home care that is practical, affordable, convenient, and bundle with a stimulating social environment.