Solving the ‘2030 Problem’ with In Home Care in Katy, Texas
2030 is approaching fast – how are you going to solve your aging parents’ long-term care problems?
Today’s post explains what the ‘2030 problem’ entails, then dives into some long-term care solutions available for Katy, Texas residents.
The ‘2030 Problem’ Strikes Katy, Texas
By 2030, America’s “young old” aged 66 to 84 will number more than 61-million. In addition to these aging Baby Boomers, the “oldest old”–those born prior to 1946 and 85 or older by 2030–will number more than 9-million.
According to the Aging Services Council of Texas, the Austin-Round Rock metro area had the fastest growing pre-senior population in the nation between 2000 and 2010, and ranked second in senior (65+) population growth over the same period.
The journal of Health Services Research defines the 2030 problem as the “challenge of assuring that sufficient resources and an effective service system are available” when the Baby Boomers come of age (p. 849).
When most people think of senior care, they think of acute hospital stays for a variety of afflictions that mostly affect the elderly. But the real challenge – in other words, the real 2030 problem – lies in meeting America’s long-term care needs.
Much of long-term care revolves around assisting seniors with the activities of daily living. Currently, 11% of Texas seniors (60+) have difficulty getting out of beds and chairs, while another 7% need help with bathing, showering, and dressing. And while most older adults are able to manage light housework like doing dishes and tidying, a significant share (40%) need help with heavier household tasks, according to the Aging Services Council of Texas. Further, 20% of Texan seniors indicated that they did not own a car and 18% reported lacking any means of transportation.
To meet these care needs, more than 5-million informal caregivers have sacrificed their time and energy. But what if there was a better way?
Are Self-Directed in Home Care Plans the Answer?
Kathleen Ujvari, a long-term care researcher for the AARP Public Policy Institute, has been studying how older Americans can “self-direct” their own care by taking advantage of custom in home care plans.
Working alongside Merle Edwards-Orr, a senior consultant with Applied Self Direction (a long-term care consulting firm), Ujvari identified several states that were using innovative, user-centered care options to promote senior independence and quality of life.
The notion of choosing your own mode of long-term case is only now getting the attention it deserves. According to an article published last month in Forbes, there are now over 1-million people enrolled in more 200 self-directed Medicaid and Veteran-directed programs across America. Enrollment in self-directed in home care programs has spiked by more than 40% since 2011.
In addition to these programs, millions of Americans have partnered with in home care companies like ABC SW Houston (Katy) to put their self-directed care plans into action. Working with our team, seniors who know their needs best can arrange for housekeeping, transportation, companionship, skilled care, and more.
At Always Best Care SW Houston (Katy), the first step in our process involves sitting down with you and your family to discuss your unique in home care needs. Working together, we find your place on the care continuum and develop a plan that honors your personal preferences and budgetary constraints.
Find in Home Care Services in Katy, Texas
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Knickman, J. R., & Snell, E. K. (2002). The 2030 problem: caring for aging baby boomers. Health Services Research, 37(4), 849-884.