Senior Care is in great demand around the world. Whether you are a senior, the child of a parent in need of geriatric care or any other individual who is the caregiver of a senior, there are some very important things for you to know about care for seniors. There are indeed ways to gracefully age with dignity and respect. To help maintain quality of life through changing needs over time, we hope you’ll check out our tips to help stay ahead of challenges. We want all of you to learn what you need to know for seniors, family members and caregivers.
- One out of every four U.S. homes is already providing care to a senior person.
- Unpaid family caregivers will likely continue to be the largest number of providers of long-term care services in the U.S.
- Estimated to reach 37 million caregivers by 2050, an increase of 85% from 2000.
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A health access issue initially may be in locating a geriatric doctor. Geriatric doctors have specialty expertise which allows them to assist with the following advantages, including: 1) potentially greater insight to be able to manage the day-to-day changes in seniors’ biological clocks as they visit seniors in their own environment; 2) potentially keenly familiar with assistive technology and durable medical supplies designed to simplify senior care and allow for more independence, while reducing the burden on caregivers and loved ones; 3) potentially sensitive to unique geriatric needs to diminish the overwhelming sense of health concerns and the number of “no notice” 911 emergencies that may become a common occurrence for all family members until all learn how the process may be simplified for the ultimate quality in family life.
Since there are only 9,000 U.S. Geriatric physicians and 20,000 are required to support current elder care needs in the U.S., it may seem to feel difficult to find a geriatric doctor. In fact, ten year projections suggest that America will need 36,000 geriatric physicians, but now only 10% of the nation’s medical schools offer dedicated geriatric training programs. Some Internal medicine doctors focus a portion of their practice on geriatric care. There are also mobile physicians who are the modern day Marcus Welby M.D.’s that may be able to see you or your loved one faster, and more conveniently than other medical professionals.
Mobile physicians offer a great way for many seniors to remain at home. There are also Companions, In Home Caregivers, and In Home Nurses- some of which may be volunteers! Of course, there are always other options. From senior community living without assistance, to assisted living, board and care options and nursing homes that may be temporary for rehabilitation. So, we want you to learn what you need to know.
The quality of medical insurance coverage for senior care varies among insurance carriers. There is a wealth of resources to assist with senior care. Yet, it may be difficult to find those resources and not all people know about the many resources that may be available to support senior lifestyles and the lifestyles of those that seniors love.
PPO (preferred provider) insurance companies with a wide range of options for greater medical provider accessibility, in-home support and medical supplies, which may make more sense when compared to HMO plans.
There are also long term care insurance plans that are a wise investment for anyone of any adult age.
There are also many types of resources available for added financial and quality of life assistance, but it may be difficult to know these types unless you invest time into research. So, we hope to make this simpler for you!
It is important to recognize that all information contained on this website cannot be considered to be specific medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or medical advice. As always, you should consult with a physician regarding any medical condition. Your Health Access disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.