It’s no secret that the population of the United States is getting older. If you look at demographic data from the year 1900, you will notice that about 100,000 individuals were aged 85 or older. Current projections state that by 2050, there will be about 19 million individuals in the U.S. that are in this age category. Some of this is the fact that the population has grown in the 150 year timeframe looked at, but much of it is that people are living longer than ever before.
While this is undeniably a good thing, it does pose problems. For example, many people have pointed out that the current state of senior care in our country is not fit to handle larger numbers of seniors and still do a good job with the quality of care that is being provided.
Another potential problem is the idea that multiple people in one family might need care. It is certainly a positive thing of both of our parents live long and happy lives, but if both mom and dad are in need of care, a problem can arise. Finding care that meets the needs of both is a lot tougher than meeting the needs of one person.
Sometimes, it can be really easy for us to that if both of our parents are still alive, then one of them will help care for the other. Unfortunately, this is not always realistic or easy to do. Even when both husband and wife are alive and well, the care of a professional may become necessary. For some, this can mean moving into a senior living community where others in a similar stage in life are living independently. For others, the help of an in-home care service can make life a lot easier. There are several other choices, too. What works best for your family will be dependent on whatever needs are present.
Many care services are finding that offering multiple approaches to their care is helpful. This makes a lot of sense. After all, no two people are alike. It stands to reason that no two people will require exactly the same type of senior care. Taking the unique needs that each person has and customizing a senior care approach to the individual can be far more effective than the cookie cutter approach that a lot of nursing homes seem to employ. When this is done, the needs of a couple can be better met, regardless of what those needs are or how different they might seem to be.
Caring for senior couples can be accomplished in a variety of settings. In-home care has proven to be an effective way of doing this, as has assisted living and a variety of other types of care. Finding the right care for your loved ones’ needs is important. Luckily, you have a lot of choices at your disposal. If you’re not sure what’s best for your family, get in touch with a professional who knows how to help point you toward the right care.