The need for quality home care is rising each and every day. According to HCAOA’s 2016 Value of Home Care Report, approximately 56 million Americans will be 65 and older by the year 2020, and that number will rise to 84 million by the year 2050. With nine out of 10 seniors wanting to stay at home for as long as possible, the burden of care is all too often falling on family members, most of whom have full-time jobs and young children to take care of as well.
Currently, more than 34.2 million Americans serve as family caregivers for senior loved ones, providing an average of 24.4 hours of care per week. And the AARP estimates that the ratio of potential family caregivers to those over 80 will steadily decrease from 7:1 today to 4:1 by 2030 and less than 3:1 by 2050. These stats seem grim, but home care agencies can help ease the pressure of these overburdened families by becoming an indispensable resource to family caregivers in their local area. Here’s how:
- Provide Peace of Mind: Obviously the biggest way that home care agencies can make themselves indispensable to overburdened family caregivers is to offer them peace of mind. Your services can provide respite for as much or as little time as they need, all while ensuring that their loved ones are well cared for. And don’t forget the details, like check-in calls, PERS and other home care technologies, and transportation services, that can help caregivers whose loved ones currently only need minimal assistance. Even the smallest amount of help can be a lifesaver for members of the sandwich generation.
- Give Them More Options: For today’s modern families, options are key, both when it comes to care and how to pay for that care. Today’s families are spread across the country, with the average distance between adults age 60 and over and their nearest child being 280 miles. But family members often want to help pay for care, even when they can’t be there to provide it. Offering a split pay option, like the one available through Arrow Solutions’ billing module, allows clients to divide up bill payments throughout the family, taking the burden of payment off of a single family member and giving clients an easy and innovative payment option.
- Help Them to Stay in the Loop: Helping family members stay in the loop and up to date on their loved one’s care is extremely important. Being able to see care notes and care plans allows families to stay active in the care process and builds trust with the agency and caregivers. Arrow’s home care software system provides agencies with the ability to track relevant client data, manage clinical documentation and reminders for physician orders, RN visits, and plans of care, to help give families peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are in good hands.
As America’s family caregivers take on more and more care responsibilities for aging loved ones, the need for home care is increasing. Arrow Solutions’ innovative homecare software system can help your agency become an indispensable asset to families in your community. To learn more about our homecare software and other tech products, contact us today to schedule a free demo.