A Profile of Older Americans
Source: Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Aging
"When my mother had a health crisis, Options staff were there to assess her condition and get her immediately to the hospital. If I had known that such a great service was available years ago I would not have worried so much about my mother being able to continue living as she wished in her own home. The best news is that my mother's health has actually improved with the help of Options personnel and she is happy and secure. We are so grateful. "
Projected Future Growth of the Older Population
Where do People Receive Long-Term Care & from Whom?
* Memory Impairment (Dementia/Alzheimer’s)
* Other (includes respite & post-operative care)
More than 34 million adults –16 percent of the adult American population – provide care to someone aged 50 years or older. About 70 percent of adult caregivers get help from family members, friends or neighbors. And about 30 percent rely on help from paid caregivers. Someone caring for a spouse spends more than 30 hours a week directly caring for their loved one and is less likely to get help from relatives or friends. Long-distance caregivers spend an average of $392 a month on travel and out-of-pocket expenses as part of their caregiving duties.
Who Calls Options and For What Reasons?
In 2009 the United States population was comprised of approximately 40 million individuals who are 65 and older, with 6,800 being added to that number each day! This number of seniors consists of 12.8% of the total population of 312 million people. By 2030, that number will surpass 75 million at which time one out of five people is estimated to be in need of home care services. In 2050, seniors age 65 and older will make up 21 percent of the total population.
Though the majority of our patients require care to be provided in the comfort of their own home, Options For Senior America is equipped to provide care for your loved one even if they no longer live at home.