People aged 60 and older now make up the largest segment of the U.S population thanks to the aging of the Baby Boomers. That means assisted living communities, elder care and variety of in-home services are rapidly growing in popularity. The amount of care seniors need depends greatly on their individual circumstances and genetics of course, but it’s expected that most will need some kind of assistance as they age.
Since most seniors want to hold on to their independence, personal care assistants that come to their homes and provide help with meals, hygiene, light housekeeping and minor medical tasks such as checking blood sugar are quite popular. These services allow seniors to enjoy the comfort and familiarity of their own homes while still getting the quality care they need. This gives great peace of mind to them and their primary caregivers, which are often their children. Personal car assistants also provide respite care and end of life care. To learn more, talk to your doctor or local social services agency. You may find that Medicare or your private supplemental health insurance will cover the costs. It’s well worth looking into even if you don’t need it right now-it’s never too soon to plan for the future.