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The Evolutions of Aging in Place

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Nothing has revolutionized aging in place more than the growth of the home care industry. According to Modern Healthcare Magazine, the healthcare industry will continue to drive the nation's employment growth through 2026 by adding around four million new jobs, accounting for about a third of total job growth, as reported by the Bureau of Labor statistics.

The fastest-growing sectors include healthcare support occupations (23.2% increase from 2016-2026) and healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (15.2%), which entail home health aides, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, among other positions. These two occupational groups, which make up 14 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations across all industries from 2016 to 2026—are projected to contribute about one-fifth of all new jobs by 2026.

The term home care actually describes two types of care:

Home health care provided by licensed medical professionals covers the following types of services that require a prescription such as:

  • Post-op Rehabilitation
  • Skilled Assessments and Teaching
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Mobility Training
  • IV therapy/Injections

Other basic types of in-home care cover a wide range of services that can help keep older adults at home. Those often evolve around the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).

ADLs are basic activities and functions performed on a daily basis. The six ADLs are:

  • Eating
  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Transferring
  • Continence

IADLs, on the other hand, are those activities instrumental to our daily routines such as:

  • Driving
  • Preparing meals
  • Doing housework
  • Shopping
  • Managing finances
  • Managing medication
  • Using the telephone

Support for ADLs and IADLs have helped expand the scope of care at home to keep seniors aging in place longer than ever.

The Home Instead® network partners with clients and their family members through a network of trained CAREGivers℠ to help meet varied individual needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing personal care to specialized Alzheimer's care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources.

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Last revised: February 26, 2019

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