Improving Health Outcomes for Seniors

October 19, 2016

Home care can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of care recipients. In addition to helping prevent falls, keeping seniors on track with their medications, providing nutritious meals, and helping maintain personal hygiene, caregivers can also provide doctors with valuable information that may help to improve diagnosis and treatment of seniors. The result: better health outcomes for seniors and lower overall health care costs.

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  • Home Care Reduces Hospital Visits:

In one study, seniors with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia receiving paid home care had notably lower rates of in-patient hospital admissions—58 percent vs. 66 percent without home care.

  • Home Care Reduces the Need for Doctor Visits:

Another study found that seniors using paid in-home care reported 25 percent fewer doctor visits each year than older adults who did not have such care.

 

 

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Caring for America’s Seniors: The Value of Home Care

Driving Economic Growth & Job Creation

September 20, 2016

The home care industry drives job creation and economic growth in the U.S. Vibrant and growing, the industry provides good employment opportunities for women—who currently represent a majority of the caregiver workforce—and minorities, representing roughly half of the caregiver workforce.

 

  • A Growing Industry: Over the last five years the home care industry has grown by more than 50 percent in terms of new entrants. This growth will only continue as demographics fuel demand.
  • Creating Jobs Faster Than Other Sectors: Job growth for caregivers, which are categorized as “personal care aides” by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, is projected to increase by 26 percent through 2024, compared to just 6.5 percent on average for all occupations.46 This job sector is growing much faster than other occupations in the U.S. In 2014, there were nearly 1.8 million caregivers working in the U.S. with the potential to create nearly 500,000 more jobs by 2024.

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  • Home Care Reduces Workplace Absences: The productivity loss to U.S. businesses due to informal caregiving has been estimated to be as high as $34 billion annually. Some of these costs are due to absenteeism ($5.1 billion), shifts from full-time to part-time work ($4.8 billion), turnover ($6.6 billion), and workday adjustments ($6.3 billion).
  • Home Care Lowers Employer Health Costs: Professional home care services also help alleviate health- and stress-related problems for family caregivers employed outside the home, potentially saving U.S. employers $13.4 billion annually in health care costs.

 

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Caring for America’s Seniors: The Value of Home Care

Benefits of Home Care

August 23, 2016

Home care provides seniors with the choice to age at home–where most would prefer to be–and promotes peace of mind and wellness for family caregivers. It also reduces our nation’s health system costs by improving health outcomes, strengthening preventive care, and lowering hospital admissions and readmissions. And home care is good for our nation’s economy, creating jobs in a fast-growing industry.

  • Preventing Falls and Other Common Injuries: Falls are the number one cause of emergency room visits and the leading cause of injury deaths among seniors age 65 and older People over 65 are twice as likely to suffer a fatal fall at home as anywhere else Falls can easily happen while attempting simple household tasks such as carrying laundry down the basement stairs or reaching for an upper shelf to put away a dish. Caregivers complete these and many other everyday tasks, helping prevent accidents that could otherwise potentially lead to serious injury requiring months of rehabilitative care or even death.
  • Keeping Seniors Healthy: Caregivers help seniors stay healthy by ensuring medication regimes are followed—a crucial job considering 40-75 percent of older people reportedly make some kind of error when taking their medications Caregivers also help seniors stay healthy by preparing nutritious meals and helping seniors maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Providing Companionship and Personalized Care: A caregiver’s companionship impacts not only physical wellbeing, but emotional health as well. Social isolation is a major problem among aging Americans; 43 percent of seniors report feeling lonely on a regular basis. Senior loneliness is more than just a social problem; it is a serious public health issue. One study found that adults age 60+ who identified themselves as lonely were 59 percent more likely to suffer a decline in ability to perform daily activities and had a 45 percent higher likelihood of dying than those satisfied with their social lives. Companionship helps deter diseases such as Alzheimer’s by keeping seniors mentally stimulated. A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry found that older adults who described themselves as lonely were twice as likely to develop dementia.
  • Helping Seniors Remain Engaged and Connected: Home care is an empowering option for millions of elderly Americans longing to age at home. Transportation is a major problem for many active seniors trying to age at home. A Harvard University study found that 21 percent of older adults miss out on activities they like to do because of driving limitations Professional caregivers can step in and help these seniors age at home by driving seniors to run errands or attend social functions. A caregiver’s care routine includes much more than cooking and cleaning. Caregivers discuss current events, listen to stories, play games, share meals, and provide companionship in many other ways. These professionals’ interests are matched carefully with those of their clients to help ensure compatibility and a stronger likelihood of forming close relationships.

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Caring for America’s Seniors: The Value of Home Care

What is Home Care?

July 11, 2016

Private-pay home care has emerged as an innovative solution to fill the gaps created by traditional care models, including hospitals,

nursing homes, and social services like home health, which are spread too thin to meet the growing demand for quality care.

Home care helps seniors maintain healthy and active lifestyles for as long as possible in the comfort of their own homes. While caregivers are not typically medically certified, they receive professional training to enable them to assist in daily living activities such as such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, eating, transportation, running errands, and light housework. More importantly, caregivers provide companionship and mental stimulation by engaging their clients in conversation and other activities. Further, as an additional set of “eyes and ears” for families, home care professionals help to ensure seniors’ safety by recognizing and alerting their family members to potential signs of declining health and dangerous falls.

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Caring for America’s Seniors: The Value of Home Care

Who Uses Home Care Services?

July 11, 2016

 The majority of home care recipients are seniors with an average age of 69. Three-in-five care recipients (59%) have long-term physical conditions and a quarter (26%) have memory problems. Many care recipients (37%) have more than one ongoing health problem.17

For seniors with challenging physical and cognitive impairments who require help with activities of daily living—such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and eating—home care is a game changer. But home care also benefits those who are still in good health, by providing companionship, help in and around the home, and other types of assistance. Further, families as well as seniors benefit from the services provided by home care companies, which will be described in more detail throughout this report. Currently, 13.9 million family caregivers (32%) report using paid help.

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Caring for America’s Seniors: The Value of Home Care

Leader in Excellence Award

July 11, 2016

FIVE YEARS IN A ROW!

Eden Home Care Receives 2016 Best of Home Care® Leader in Excellence Award

Northern Nevada

Best of Home 2016

This accomplishment demonstrates Eden Home Care’s long-term dedication to excellent care and quality improvement. To qualify for this award, 10% of Eden Home Care’s clients and caregivers were interviewed each month by Home Care Pulse. Over a 12-month period, Eden Home Care received high client and caregiver satisfaction ratings in areas such as caregiver training, compassion of caregivers, communication, scheduling, response to problems, overall quality of care, etc. Using feedback from clients and employees, as well as quality benchmarks from Home Care Pulse, the Eden Home Care management team set goals to reach the highest level of excellence possible.

“Our new name is Eden Home Care but for the 5th year in a row we have proudly shown our commitment to caring” says Rick Ackerson, Regional Director of Home Care.

The Best of Home Care Leader in Excellence Award highlights the top-performing home care businesses in the nation. Home Care Pulse believes that by honoring these providers, families looking for in-home care for a loved one will be able to recognize and choose a trusted home care provider.

“Our goal at Home Care Pulse is to empower home care businesses to reach their goals and deliver the best home care possible,” says Aaron Marcum, CEO and founder of Home Care Pulse. “We are happy to recognize Eden Home Care as a Leader in Excellence. We’ve been impressed by their commitment to their clients and caregivers, as well as the quality of the overall care they provide. They really stand out in their market as a top home care provider.”

About Eden Home Care

Eden Home Care is the premier in-home care agency in Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe, providing a wide range of in-home care services. Providing Dementia Certified Caregivers & Hospice Specialist.

For more on Eden Home Care’s commitment to excellence, please call 775-392-2000.

About Home Care Pulse

Home Care Pulse is the home care industry’s leading firm in performance benchmarking and quality satisfaction management, serving hundreds of home care businesses across North America. Home Care Pulse is the industry’s top resource for education, business development, agency certification, and proof of quality, including the prestigious Best of Home Care® Awards.