Ft. Lauderdale, FL—Just two years ago, the first baby boomers turned 65. This news set a “tremendous demographic shift in the U.S. population” said physician Rhoda Randall. And, Dr. Randall should know. She is a senior advisor to the not-for-profit United Health Foundation. The foundation recently released a report focusing on 34 measures of senior health.
The bottom line to the report was that as generations move into retirement they become greater consumers of health care. However, those turning 65 today “are more likely to live longer than their parents and grandparents and much more likely to live sicker for a longer period of time,” said Dr. Randall. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states an estimated 2.5 million people work as in-home health and personal aides for the elderly and disabled.
What do you suppose those tasks include? They include helping with meals and bathing, light cleaning and companionship. These services can allow an elderly person to postpone or avoid costlier nursing home care. As baby boomers age, demand for this kind of care is projected to rise significantly.
Believe it or not, between 2/3 and ¾ of seniors in nursing homes are on Medicaid. However, it has become apparent, to save money more home care assistance should be the preferred option. After all, families often cannot take care of their parents. Home health care visits could help many seniors to continue to enjoy their independence. A typical nursing home facility charges from $180-$400 per day with a variety of additional fees. A typical assisted living facility starts at $4,000 a month. Obviously, in-home health care is a much more cost-effective solution for senior citizens needing the added attention.
For those living in an adult retirement community like the Wynmoor Adult Community and needing extra-special attention, finding a qualified, in-home health care professional who also happens to reside there is indeed a rare find. But, those folks are there…if you know where to look.
Sharon Ava Bowe is one of them. She has all manner of home health care certifications – including CPR, First Aid, Assistance, Medication, HIV, Alzheimer, OSHA, Home Health Care and Domestic Violence Certification with 15 years of experience. She is an American citizen, has a driver’s license and owns a car. She has a clean criminal background check and a health certificate. Her duties include doctor visits, administer prescription medication, light housekeeping, laundry, shopping, meal planning, prepare and serve meals, personal hygiene, grooming, dressing, ambulatory, and bathroom. Anyone living in Wynmoor needing to find a good home health care aide should give this lady a call at 954-687-3475. If she is not in a position to personally assist you – as she is in demand – she should be able to give you a good referral to meet your need.
For more and more baby boomers in America, good health care starts at home. And, most baby boomers agree, it needs to stay there. Therefore, professional, in-home health care aides are needed in every retirement community – including Wynmoor. Make no mistake, those professional home health care aides whom have chosen to live in the same community where they work really add value to it.