We are delighted to begin to Change the Way the World Ages in the Greater Annapolis area. Our stellar team of administrators, nurses, caregivers and client advocates are in place and eager to bring health, wellness and peace of mind to all clients we serve. As we begin this journey, we collectively reflect on why in-home care has increased in demand and why seniors and their loved ones are increasingly choosing this option.
First, let’s look at statistics on aging in the U.S. According to the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the older population–persons 65 years or older–numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.9% of the U.S. population or about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 19% of the population by 2030. Thanks to advances in science and medicine, we are living longer lives.
As a result of these statistics, advocacy for seniors and the protection of their rights and dignity in the U.S. has become a civil rights issue for the New Millennium. Elder advocates emphasize that care for the aging population is not merely “babysitting” or providing basic needs such as clothing, shelter and nutrition. Rather, it must be about preserving the dignity of the person and promoting a holistic approach to aging. As a result, Home Care Assistance of Annapolis promotes advocacy for seniors through our proprietary Balanced Care Method™. This is what sets us apart. “Balanced Care” to us means smart lifestyle choices that we as humans should all embrace, regardless of age: Healthy Nutrition, Physical and Mental Stimulation and Sense of Purpose.
Since Home Care Assistance of Annapolis opened its doors this month, our nurses and caregivers have incorporated our Balanced Care Method™ in so many ways: taking a client to the nail salon in preparation for her husband’s funeral; delivering a box of favorite cereal to a client (post-stroke) who had been eating “hospital food” and craved a taste from his childhood; teaching a client with insomnia how to fall asleep naturally using lavender bath salts and sprays on the pillow and so many other small but meaningful tasks. We are passionate about what we do and we are delighted to share our passion with others.
Please visit the following link to read a press release on our opening this month: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11431547.htm