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Other Types of Senior Care As You Age

Eldercare, Home Health Care And Hospice Care

The shift in health care toward managed care practices (including reduced time spent in the hospital) and the dramatic growth in the Senior population are two major factors that make Eldercare, Home Health Care and Hospice Care, essential elements of today's Senior Care practices.

• Elder care
Elder care is a term used to cover the many services developed to help older people maintain independent lives either at home or out-of-home, and receive the best care when independent living is no longer possible.


• Home Health Care
Home health care includes many services for many different types of patients, including the Elderly. Persons of any age who are disabled, chronically ill, or recovering from an acute illness may benefit from the services of a home health care provider.

• Hospice care
Hospice Care and service is provided for terminally ill patients who prefer the peace, comfort, and dignity of being at home or in a hospice setting.


Although each Senior housing and Senior care approach serves a significantly different function, they all play an important role in how the American care system works for Seniors, families and caregivers today. 
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Aging-In-Place is the ability of Boomers, Seniors and Older Adults to live in their own home - wherever that is - for as long as is safely and comfortably possible. It means not having to move from their present residence in order to get the care and/or support services to accommodate their changing needs.


Livability Is The Key To Successful Aging-In-Place

Age-In-Place Livability means incorporating universal living design principles, mobility, assistive technologies (such as computer use, in-home communication and telecare devices) and easier access to transportation and outside services into Older Adults’ lives to make it easier to

  1.   To live independently in a safe, secure environment

  2.   To better accommodate their health and care needs from home 

  3. To be able to stay physically, mentally, emotionally and socially engaged with family, friends and the world around them from wherever they live.


Aging-In-Place And Other Senior Independent Living Choices

An entire industry has grown up around Senior Housing and Independent Living.  Indeed, there are many lifestyle choices and Senior Independent housing options to choose fro. 

Depending on your needs and preferences, you can  

  1. Remain in your own home or that of family member, relative or friend who can assist with your care needs

  2. Move to a Board and Care residence that provides a small number of Seniors with private or semi-private rooms and community living spaces along with limited care services.

  3. Downsize to a Maintenance-free Patio Home community

  4. Choose to live in a Senior Apartment, Condominium or Townhouse

These housing alternatives are often often downplayed in articles and marketing discussions about Senior Housing choices.  But they are reasonable options.  This is especially true if the residences are or can be remodeled to enhance a person’s independence and at the same time accommodate the changing physical, emotional, medical and care needs of residents who may need minimal-to-moderate levels of assistance with some activities of daily living.

What is Senior Care?


Senior care (also called Eldercare) means providing for the special needs and requirements that are unique to Older Adults as they age. Senior Care encompasses a broad spectrum of informal and formal assistance and services designed to enhance Senors’ well-being.


Many of these services focus on:


  1.   Helping Older Adults live safely and independently at home


  1.   Adult children and families assisting their parents and older family

        members by providing needed housing, assistance and care


  1.   In-Home Care Services


  1.   Adult Day Care Services


  1.   Assisted living and care


  1.   Long term care services


  1.   Skilled Nursing Facilities and Nursing homes


  1.   Hospice care and End-of-Life care services

Living Longer

Also Presents More Challenges

In general, most of us realize that we may experience a gradual decline as we age; we reluctantly admit (perhaps only to ourselves) that at some point we will become less agile and active that we were when we were younger.   As the American population gets older, we increasingly find ourselves aging in cities, suburbs and towns that have been designed for and cater to younger populations, families and children. 


Living longer in environments designed for a younger population will, for now, present a variety of challenges:

  1. Physical restrictions to mobility (steps, landings, multiple levels)

  2. Limited access or proximity to non-automobile transportation

  3. Spaces limiting easy access and discouraging physical activity

  4. Housing & environments causing physical and social isolation

  5. Increasingly reduced social services, support and/or assistance


Couple the physical challenges designed into our living communities with some of the physical and mental changes many of us will have to deal with as we get older like:   

  1. Less agility and increased possibility of physical injury

  2. Decreased or loss of hearing

  3. Diminished eyesight

  4. Slower reaction times and agility

  5. Reduced ability to think clearly

  6. Difficulty remembering things (either short term or long term)

  7. Greater susceptibility to physical and mental illnesses & diseases

  8. Increased need for assistance with activities of daily living, care and/or housing

  9. Running out of the funds needed to meet your life, health and care needs as you age


This should give every one of us more than enough reasons to lose sleep over - starting tonight.

Senior Care

Living Well As You Live Longer


Along with healthier living, better medicine and medical breakthroughs, more effective Senior care and Senior services  are helping Americans to live healthier and longer than any time in history. Our longevity has created a relatively new and growing area of health care and provider services, known as Senior Care or Elder Care.


People age 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of America's population. Many Older Adults are living healthy, active, and independent lives. Still, as more people reach their 80s and 90s, the number of older Seniors needing assistance with general activities of daily living increases, along with the responsibilities of those who  provide care for them.

Senior Care Statistics


According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging:


  1. The older population (persons 65 years or older) numbered more than 35 million, or one in eight, Americans in 2000.


  2. The number of older Americans increased by 12 percent since 1990, compared to a 13.3 percent increase for the under-65 population.


  3. Over the past 100 years, the percentage of Americans over age 65 has more than tripled.


  4. Today, persons who reach age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 17.9 years (19.2 years for women and 16.3 years for men) than what was estimated in 1900.


  5. In 1900, the average life expectancy was 47.5 years. Today, it is 76.9 years.


  6. More than half (55 percent) of older, non-institutionalized persons live in a family setting. Almost 10.1 million or 73 percent of older men, and almost 7.7 million or 41 percent of older women live in families.

The ability to make your living environment livable for your changing needs is one of the keys to being able to live independently as you age.

By focusing on your changing care needs and making key ‘livability’ accommodations to your living environment, the greater ability you have to remain at home or the place you choose as you age.

AsYouAge provides information, resources and access to support services that help Senior live healthy, active lives as they age.

Senior care, Senior housing and other Senior services address the several different aspects of well-being for Older Adults as they age.

Americans (Boomers and Seniors  included) are living longer and, as a result, will face more health and care  decisions as they get older.  Senior Care planning is essential for anyone who wants to remain safe and independent as they age.

“Houston, we have a problem.” 

The tagline from the 1995 film, Apollo 13, about the April 11, 1970 moon flight that developed a major fault with the service module’s oxygen tanks and threatened the lives of the crew of the three astronauts onboard (John Swigert, Jr., James Lovell and Fred Haise, Jr.)

Senior Independent Living and Age-In-Place care and service providers help Baby Boomers and Seniors live their lives in safety, comfort and on their own terms.

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