Survey Shows Most Adults Aren’t Planning for Future Needs
With more than 10,000 people turning 65 every day, home care is quickly becoming an increasingly important part of the senior care continuum.
Seniors want to age in their homes
“We know that an overwhelming majority of seniors want to age in their homes,” said Mark Goetz, co-founder and president of the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “Additionally, home care has the potential to relieve some of the burdens our healthcare system will face with our rapidly growing aging population. It’s a win-win.”
While most people prefer to age in place, a new study shows few are planning for their future needs. The study of people age 50-79 years old , found that:
- 91% of respondents have not proactively researched the care they may need as they grow older
- 34% have not thought about their care needs
- 70% of respondents said their preference for care as they get older is to remain at home with support
- The most in-demand home care services were transportation to appointments (45%), medical care (45%), shopping (36%), meal preparation (33%) and laundry (32%)
Many seniors just need a little help
“The days of immediately moving into a long-term care community are over,” Goetz said. “As this study shows, many seniors just need a little help with day-to-day activities to continue living safely and independently in their homes.”
At HCAN, our team of experienced professionals works closely with families to develop customized care plans to meet the needs of every senior.
“We have some clients who just want companionship – someone to play cards or watch movies with. Others need help with things like household chores, grocery shopping or keeping their medications straight. And there are those who need a little more help – maybe with bathing, dressing or the challenges that come with dementia,” he said. “That’s why home care is such a great option for families. It’s not one-size-fits-all – it’s as unique as the seniors we serve.”