People are living longer than ever before. In fact, life expectancy rates have been steadily growing for the past 100 years. According to AARP’s report, the age group 65 and older will increase by almost 90% in the next 20 years, while the 85 and older age group will grow by almost 75%. We have improved lifestyles, nutrition, exercise, abstinence and education to thank for this.
While, in general, life expectancy rates are going up, those that experience a disease or injury that requires long term care, more often than not, experience a dramatic decrease in life expectancy. More specifically, those that move from home to a long term care facility typically see a reduction of 50 – 75%. These diseases and injuries can result in loss of ADL’s, or activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, etc.) and affect the elderly “will to live”. One article states, “Moving into an institutional care facility is possibly the single most disruptive event to patterns of social engagement that a person could experience (ranking maybe even higher than the death of a spouse)”.
It is no secret that individuals living in institutional care will experience significantly shorter life expectancy than those living independently. While their individual condition is a factor, there are other intangible factors, such as “will to live” and tangible factors such as exposure to diseases that play a role in shortening life expectancy in facility-based care.
With the above knowledge, more and more seniors are opting to stay in their homes as they age. Thankfully, even with diseases or injury, they can access the long term care they need with the help of in-home senior support agencies. New Frontier Home Care and similar agencies across the nation make it possible for seniors to age gracefully while remaining as independent as possible and enjoying the comfort of their own home. We provide the same Certified Nursing Assistants that work in facilities; we are licensed and follow the same rules as long term care facilities; but what makes us different is that you will experience one-on-one care, personal assistance and companionship all right at home.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in the Greater Houston area, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care.We are available to answer your senior care questions!
Call Today at (832) 602-2282. Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.