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Aging baby-boomers boost the home health care market

Posted by RHHAdmin on Feb 21, 2012 9:05:00 AM

The term-baby boomers applies to the enormous generation born immediately after the end of World War II. Apparently, the thrill of wartime in America was a powerful aphrodisiac for the soldiers returning from overseas. Recent estimates by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) claim that 7,000 boomers turn 65 every day, which is important news for residential home care providers.

"It needs to be about their quality of life," said Patricia Hayes, an expert in home health care. "Their generation was frugal. They saved, they worked their whole lives. Most of them have pension and Social Security income, but that can quickly diminish."

Hospital care for this aging demographic can be quite expensive to both the elderly and their friends and family. Personal care services are often a much more reliable and cost-effective way to provide aid to baby boomers.

The nurses and assistants that are responsible for this task often develop close bonds with their patients. For example, the New York Times recently told the story of one caregiver who was teaching an 84-year old patient to play the piano. It's this kind of personal attention that may draw individuals to home health care options for their loved ones.

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