What is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month About?

What is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month AboutWhat is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month About?

We are well into the second week of November, and many people have become aware of a movement called National Long-Term Care Awareness Month. However, not a lot of people know what it’s about. National Long-Term Care Awareness Month was created as a way to build awareness for the type of care those individuals with chronic illnesses or disabilities need. Long-term care is an unavoidable issue; sooner or later everyone will have to deal with the thought of how to continue care for an aging parent, loved one, spouse, or even themselves.

Long-term care seems to be a somewhat more important touch point for women than men; women statistically live longer than men, women require care longer, and women often become the primary caregivers for elderly family members or their partners. According to the American Associations for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI), approximately 980,000 women over the age of 65 are currently nursing home residents compared to only 337,000 men.

Long-term care is also a financial and economic issue. Long-term care is increasingly expensive for residents, and can clean up even the most financially sound senior. It’s estimated that by 2020, about 12 million older Americans will require long-term care services, according to the AALTCI. The challenge for nursing homes and other assisted living facilities is to effectively manage the influx of seniors in the coming years; to tackle issues such as optimal care, financial roadblocks, and proper risk management.

At DigniCARE, we’re poised to help your senior living facility meet the challenges of a changing environment where the goal is to elevate the quality of life for residents. Our services encompass innovative risk management solutions for nursing homes and more. To learn more call (855) 883-6306.

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