In a recent blog article, we discussed how caregiver burnout was becoming more frequent because of the growing number of unpaid family caregivers. The need for senior care is increasing because members of the aging Baby Boomer population are retiring at roughly 10,000 people per day. As a result, the demand for senior care providers has not been able to keep up.
According to the Population Reference Bureau, the older generations of Americans (65+) are “projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060.” This increase could lead to “more than a 50 percent increase in the number of Americans ages 65 and older” that would require nursing home care.
But what does all of that mean for the state of senior care and home health care heading into 2020?
Changes in Caregiver Employment
With Baby Boomers continuing to age and retire, home health care will be in even more demand than it already is. There are several types of professionals involved every day in personal care, and we are currently seeing shortages in many of those senior care positions.
While there are several reasons for the shortage of caregivers, longer life expectancy in the aging Baby Boomer population and increasing caregiver qualification demands play a significant role.
Continued Shortage of Caregivers
The shortage of skilled nurses (LPNs and RNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) is ongoing. As we reported last year when we looked at what 2019 would bring, the lack of caregivers is a problem across the United States. The continued shortage of these caregivers signals that the already rising senior care and home health care costs will keep growing.
The deficit of these in-home caregivers may also prevent some patients from getting access to the help they need every day. As we previously discussed in a recent blog post, a large portion of the Baby Boomer population wishes to stay in their homes as long as possible. Without an adequate number of caregivers, personal home care may end up on the shoulders of family members.
Increased Qualification Needs for Caregivers
For some, the increasing number of qualifications that caregivers need may deter them from a career in senior care. There are many rewarding reasons to start a career in personal care, and the steps you have to take to earn those degrees and certifications are worth the time and effort involved.
At MediQuest Staffing & Homecare, we understand the sacrifices you make to become an RN, LPN, or CNA. We offer generous compensation packages and flexibility to help you create a stable work-life balance.
Growth of Home Care Sector
The personal home care sector’s growth is in part because of aging Baby Boomers, but also because policies and regulations are changing the way health care providers look at patients. We’ll discuss that later in this blog post.
As in-home care demands continue to grow, we expect to see more services—like those offered here at MediQuest Staffing & Homecare—being offered in-home instead of only Long Term Care health facilities. Hospital stays are inherently more expensive than working proactively to keep patients healthier at home.
Improving Technology & Telehealth
Technology is continuously advancing in many industries. But, we rely on the healthcare industry’s technological advances to keep us healthy. As hospitals and doctor’s offices become inundated with more patients than they can handle, telehealth has begun to relieve some of that pressure.
Telehealth—the ability to digitally work with a patient on long-term, routine care—has opened the door for nurses and doctors to consult with patients electronically. This decreases the need for travel and wait-time for appointments.
Changing Regulations & Policies
Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) and Patient Driven Grouping Model (PDGM) policies will shape how billing, payments, and reimbursements are handled in 2020. While RCD is only effective in individual states (not currently in Pennsylvania), PDGM will take effect everywhere on January 1, 2020.
These policies are designed to decrease inaccurate or misrepresented billing, and increase the value and benefits that home health care agencies bring to patients.
MediQuest Staffing & Homecare is Ready to Tackle Senior Care Changes in 2020
At MediQuest Staffing & Homecare, we have a team of healthcare professionals who have been serving the Lancaster County community for over 17 years. MediQuest provides high-quality, in-home service and care for your loved ones in the Lancaster, Pa. area. Get in touch with us today to discuss your caregiver needs.
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