Census numbers indicate that citizens 85 and older are one of the quickest-growing groups in the United States. Add the fact that the health of those citizens can decline sharply and without notice, and it becomes ever more important to plan ahead when it comes to elderly home care in New York City. You do not want to be caught off guard when you or your loved ones get sick or hurt—and it’s likely they will.
Other Reasons Planning Is Important
- Many hospitals discharge their patients only a few days after a surgery. If complications occur, a patient may be at home alone or with someone who is untrained.
- Not only are people 85 and older fast-growing, the Census shows that 20 percent of all Americans will be 65 years old or older by 2030.
- You can find the best care if you have time to research and plan rather than have to handle everything on the fly.
Considerations For Housing
Nursing homes may be stereotyped as the default place for elderly home care, but in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that of people 65 and older, a mere 5 percent live in nursing homes. On the other hand, nearly 10 percent reside in independent living, continuing-care communities and assisted living. About 20 percent live at home with caregiver help. Even people who require extensive care such as IV tubes often stay at home.
- Look for state programs such as Medicare and Medicaid that allow elderly people to stay at home and receive government assistance for their care.
- Buy long-term care insurance. It helps with the daily costs of caring for someone at home. Expenses such as health aides are included.
- Seek out adult day care programs and private caregiver agencies. They have strong medical backgrounds with licensed, trained caregivers. They also offer a wide range of services tailored to meet any need.