According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the elder American population will increase nearly 70% from 49.2 million in 2016 to 82.3 million by 2040. With this population rising dramatically, so drives the need to plan and consider options for elder care for ourselves and our loved ones.
“Many think family and friends can take responsibility for caregiving and companionship needs, but that is often not a realistic option,” said Melissa Woodhouse, director of RVNAhealth’s StayWELL caregiver and companionship services. “With younger generations often working full time, balancing their own families, and/or being more geographically mobile, the availability of familial caregivers can be strained. Families may also not be prepared to support elderly mental and physical challenges such as dementia and general mobility decline.”