50 million people in the United States are age 65 and older, and this number is expected to increase to 60 million in the next 5 years. According to AARP, 90% of this population will be staying in their home rather than moving to long-term or nursing home facilities. This is termed “aging in place.”
Aging in Place is a Better Approach
Financially, the cost of in-home care is almost 75% less than the cost for nursing home care. Studies also show that almost everything healthcare related is better for those who stay home. They stay healthier, respond better to health care treatments, and heal faster if they become ill. And, they are happier.
But, with this trend comes opportunities and responsibilities for those in a care-giver role, whether family or for-hire services.
Address During the Home Assessment
Most home health care services will do a “home assessment” to determine if there are changes or additions to the home that would make the home more compatible with their caregiving roles and their clients’ aging-in-place desire. A key question during this assessment should be “Are utility backup systems in place for the home?”
Our aging family members and friends are particularly susceptible to dehydration, which can hit quickly, hit hard, and have lasting effects. Water, not only for hydration, but sanitation as well, is critical to a successful aging-in-place strategy.
How We Can Help
Constant Water can provide that critical backup water function for our aging-in-place loved ones. Our systems help those on water wells and on public water systems. Constant Water systems can do so for conditions that generators can’t. Having a Constant Water system in place assures the homeowner and the care giver of an emergency supply of water. Our systems provide water to every sink, shower and toilet in the home. They activate automatically with the loss of power. They can also be manually activated without ever leaving the home for loss of public water or pump failure.
Do you have loved ones, dear friends, or respected customers who are aging in place or plan to? Talk with them about adding a Constant Water system in their home. Peace of mind is a tremendous comfort for both of you.