Dignified Aging

89% Of Seniors Prefer In Home Care To Other Forms Of Support

A new survey shows that seniors prefer home care ten to one over all other types of living arrangement. Despite the fact that millions of Rands is put into nursing homes and other forms of group living by developers is South Africa, seniors say that they want to stay at home. Due to the lack of nursing personnel and well equips facilities

Employment Of Senior Care Aides Skyrockets

Employment of personal and home care aides is projected to grow by 51 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This occupation will be amongst the occupations adding the most new jobs, growing by about 50%. The expected growth is due, in large part, to the projected rise in the number of elderly people, an age group that often has mounting health problems and that needs some assistance with daily activities.

The elderly and other patients, such as the mentally disabled, increasingly rely on home care. This trend reflects several developments. Inpatient care in hospitals and nursing homes can be extremely expensive, so more patients return to their homes from these facilities as quickly as possible to contain costs. Patients who need assistance with everyday tasks and household chores rather than medical care can reduce medical expenses by returning to their homes.

Furthermore, most patients (particularly the elderly) increasingly prefer care in their homes rather than in nursing homes or other in-patient facilities. This trend is aided by the realization that treatment can be more effective in familiar surroundings. Finally, home care has become easier and more feasible with the development of better medical technologies for in-home treatment.