What do seniors want? What do seniors get? Statistics on care for our senior population

If you’re a senior yourself or the family member of one, you’ll have several ideas of your own. A Helping Hand strives to meet the wants and needs of seniors and we would love to have you call and share your thoughts with us. In the broader scope, it is interesting to read the results of studies and surveys that help us all gain perspective and knowledge about the answers to these questions. Let’s take a look at some survey and research statistics.

Our senior population is ballooning

Today, and every day for the next 15 years, 10,000 people in the United States turn 65. In Washington state the 65+ population grew 25% between 1999 and 2009. Though many 65+ seniors are healthy, active and working individuals, many seniors in their 80s find they need some level of assistance.

Though we may think of many seniors residing in nursing homes, the reality is only about 4% of people age 65+ live in institutional settings. Nursing homes, though sometimes necessary, and often pleasant, remain an unpopular choice. When asking adult children about their parents, 82% fear their parents might be mistreated if they move into a nursing home, and 89% worry their parents would be saddened by the loss of their independence.

Most seniors want to “age in place”

The comforts and familiarity of their long-time home or a newer home to age in place is what seniors want. Various surveys report that 80–90% of seniors prefer to live at home in their later years rather than move to a retirement community. But equally important to realize is the 53% of those seniors are concerned about their ability to remain home safely. Their adult children are even more aware of this: 94% say it is important that their senior parents be able to age in place, but 79% are concerned or very concerned about their parent’s ability to do so.

How can seniors be where they want to be, but with support that allows them and their families to rest at ease? Providing in home professional caregivers and nursing assistants can be the best answer for many seniors—giving them greater happiness, comfort and independence—while also providing hands-on support, peace of mind and a sense of safety.

A Helping Hand Homecare serves seniors in towns and cities in the greater King County area, including south to Auburn and Federal Way, north to Lynnwood and Woodinville, east to Bellevue and Issaquah, and west to Edmonds and Seattle. Call or email us for a free consultation, 206-686-7440 or 877-281-7111.

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