An ageing population, an expanding market.
Everywhere around the world, the population is skewing older. In fact, for the first time in history, the number of people age 65 and older will soon outnumber children under age 5.
Nowhere is this shift more apparent than in developed countries where the proportion of older adults is the highest. As the population continues to age at an unprecedented rate, so will the need for a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to healthcare.
What’s more, seniors prefer to remain in their own homes as they age versus living in specialized senior-living environments. According to a United Nations global study, 40-percent of people age 60 or older choose to live independently.
The reason is simple—living at home offers seniors a sense of familiarity and independence. However, as much as most seniors want to remain in their homes, many are not able to meet all of their personal and medical needs there. That’s where a private companion care and/or skilled inhome medical care provider comes in. Such services provide assistance to seniors that allow them to continue to live where they feel most comfortable—in their own homes.
With so many more seniors living longer—and wanting to remain in their own homes as long as possible—it’s no wonder that senior home care has become one of the fastest growing segments in the international franchise and healthcare industries. As a result, there are tremendous opportunities.
Changing Trends in Hospital Care.
The world’s ageing population is one reason for the growing demand for in-home healthcare. But there’s another.
In today’s dynamic healthcare environment, hospitals and medical facilities are under constant pressure to reduce costs. One key effort to achieve such reductions is to get patients out of hospital beds and back into their homes as quickly as possible.
However, these providers are still responsible for ensuring discharged patients receive proper medical attention following surgeries or hospital stays. That means healthcare facilities are increasingly searching for alternative resources to provide assistance.
Once again, opportunity presents itself for businesses able to provide reliable, quality in-home medical care.