If there’s one thing that we’ve learned about senior care in general during this pandemic, it’s that there is a lot of room for improvement in the care and attention that we give our older loved ones. And just because the pandemic has been a catalyst for pointing things out to us does not mean that these trends are going to disappear. It’s been one of the disguised blessings of COVID-19. The issues that have long plagued seniors are being brought to the mainstream spotlight.
One of the big trends that we’re noticing is that in-home care is growing in popularity. This isn’t really a surprise to us–it’s why we’re in the senior care business, after all. We’ve anticipated a growing demand for in-home care for a long time because of the value that it provides seniors. It allows them to continue to live their lives the way that they want to, all while giving them the care and support of a professional caregiver at the same time. It’s a great combination because it provides the best of both worlds, independence and assistance.
But as the market grows and as awareness of alternative types of care increases, in-home care is continuing to be in high demand. This will be a trend that many individuals will want to learn more about, and even use for their own families. There are a lot of good resources out there, but please feel free to contact us if you’re in the Bay Area and would like to know more.
We’ve also noticed that seniors are no longer timid with technology. Ten to fifteen years ago, it would have been difficult to convince most elderly individuals that they should be using a computer every day. Now, seniors are adept at all sorts of technology, including tablets and smartphones. There are a number of reasons for this, but perhaps the two biggest are that technology is easier to use than ever before and the pandemic has made it so technology has become a primary means of communication for a lot of elderly folk. Either way, it seems like screen time is here to stay for seniors. There is a lot of room for using this to the benefit of our older loved ones.
As a country, our medical and assistive care communities are not fully prepared for the change in population numbers that are headed our way. The senior population is growing, and it is going to continue to do so. There are more seniors in our nation than ever before as the Baby Boomer ages, and the influx of elderly folk is only getting bigger. As the Baby Boomer population continues to age, the need for care is going to grow. As I’ve spoken about before here, some parts of the country are prepared for this, others are not. It is a process. The good news is that we are able to anticipate it and prepare for it. This allows the care community to stay ahead of trends and provide the services that the elderly need and prevent gaps in help and care from occurring.
There are other trends and practices being noticed, too. Hopefully, other agencies, companies, inventors, and thinkers will step in to help create solutions so that the world of care for the elderly continues to improve.