By 2030, there will be 72 million people in the United States over 65 years of age, representing nearly 20 percent of the total U.S. population. Here in Florida, this group already accounts for 17 percent of our population.
That means that Florida families, government and businesses alike have to work faster and harder to meet the health care needs of our aging population than other regions of the country. And we have to work smarter to make the most of every healthcare dollar in our strained economy.
For all these reasons, home care emerges as an effective, efficient choice for meeting many of the care needs of our expanding older population. Doral-based United HomeCare provides this update on the expanded role of home care and the industry’s efforts to raise the efficiency and effectiveness of care.
• TeleHealth Monitoring: This state-ofthe- art technology provides qualifying patients and family members with remote access to home care providers on a daily basis for vital sign monitoring. Patients with conditions such as congestive heart failure, COPD and diabetes stand to benefit from this user-friendly, interactive service.
• Holistic Therapies: It’s important to recognize the mind-body connection in wellness, especially for those who must deal with chronic conditions every day. For example, home health aides trained in yoga therapy are empowered to use these techniques to promote the health and wellbeing of the clients under their care.
• Research-Based Initiatives: Some home care providers can offer early access to emerging advances in care through participation in health care research. United HomeCare’s Techno-Savvy Seniors program, funded by a grant from the Alliance for Aging of Miami-Dade, and Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression, Empowering Activities for Seniors), supported by grant funding from Health Foundation of South Florida, are two such examples.
• Caregiver Support Programs: Non-professional family caregivers are the backbone of our system for caring for frail elderly and disabled adults. They too need care and support to balance all their responsibilities. Doral is home to Miami- Dade’s first Caregiver Resource Center, with outreach programs for the community and employers such as the Working Caregiver Assistance Program.
As this year’s recipient of the Beacon Council’s Healthcare Services Award, and a leader in the cause of advancing home and community-based care for all Floridians, United HomeCare encourages readers to make the most of what home care has to offer. To learn more, visit www.unitedhomecare.com or call (305) 716-0710.