Ask Becci: Nursing Home Myth
As the owner of a personal care assistance business, I’m continually surprised by this question I get: Aren’t most elderly people living in nursing homes?
Not only are most elderly people not living in nursing homes but the numbers of those who do live in a nursing home is actually declining. In 2004, the number of seniors living in nursing care facilities plummeted from 6.8% to 4.2%. Experts on aging and medicine foresee that this downward trend will accelerate in the coming years.
There is evidence that even disability among older people is declining rapidly. The result is that between 94% to 96% of older family members live independently or with assistance either at home or in assisted living communities.
Our seniors are in better shape than earlier generations nutritionally, medically, and fitness-wise. There are upwards of 140,000 people over 100 years of age in our country. They are physically and intellectually fit and wonderfully engaged in life. You might be interested to know that there are approximately 82 incredible centenarians right where I live in Rutherford County, Tennessee.
That is why I designed Family Staffing Solutions, Inc. to be committed to the notion that “length of life” offers a whole new world of opportunity for seniors (and their adult children who want parents to live abundantly) to be consumers of items in every area of life, which promote their personal choice and independence. Our company offers the type of support to allow seniors to age in place, remain engaged in church, civic, and recreational relationships. This keeps their lives meaningful, and inspires them to look forward to celebrating more birthdays.