Aging adult care services must adapt to the world constantly changing. Senior care is not the same as it was two years ago due to shifts brought by increased health concerns and regulations from the COVID-19 surge. Care for seniors will continue to change as the U.S. Census Bureau projects there will be more older adults than kids in 2035. This means the country will see even more of an increase in demand for healthcare, assisted living facilities, and in-home caregiving. While we can’t determine the exact possibilities for senior care in 2035 yet, we can tell you what to expect a year from now amidst the rise of in-home care during the pandemic.
The use of care services is currently on the rise with seniors facing greater health risks during the pandemic. However, seniors are preferring to receive care from home so they can avoid being exposed to the virus. This is causing the demand for aging in place and in-home care to increase over nursing facilities. According to the International Franchise Association, nursing home occupancy rates fell by 73% three months into the pandemic and have continued to drop. While the necessity of aging care services is increasing, more and more seniors choose to avoid moving out of their homes to receive care. Many older adults prefer the convenience and safety behind aging in place. IFA states one study estimates there will be a 29% growth for in-home assistance aides through 2024.
Vaccinations will become a huge part of senior care to protect older adults against catching COVID-19. Seniors are more likely to face severe symptoms from the virus and need hospitalization. With the COVID-19 cases constantly fluctuating and experiencing spikes, older adults need to maintain their booster shots and be fully vaccinated to avoid getting severely sick from the virus. Another spike or another COVID variant can occur within a year from now, so vaccinations will continue to be strongly encouraged and implemented in aging adult care.
Today, technology has been strongly integrated into the homes of older adults for its convenience and aid to their day-day tasks. While technology is new and overwhelming to older generations, it provides great assistance to seniors who want to live independently and age in place. More and more seniors enjoy the use of technology whether it be for entertainment, protection, or convenience. New and exciting innovations have been discovered to improve the quality of life for the elderly as well as advance caregiving services.
The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the greatest influences on aging adult care. Senior care services had to learn to adapt to this life-changing event and must continue to prepare for the outcomes of the virus and other societal impacts.
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