In home care in the United States is a topic of much concern and speculation. At the moment, according to a study by the AARP, there are approximately 44 million family caregivers in the country right now. Most of these men and women are caring for aging parents, but they are also looking after disabled adults and children.
The demand for professional home care is increasing and the industry is expected to be the greatest job creator through 2020, adding more than 2.5 million workers to the industry. However, that increase was already supposed to have started in 2015, but there has actually been a decrease in these in home care workers.
Which brings up an interesting topic about in home care from another region of the world: Japan.
As noted in the article, In-home care patients reach record high in Japan at 156,400 a day, survey shows, published on Japan Times:
“In 2014, the estimated number of patients receiving care from doctors who visited their home on a regular basis increased 1.7-fold. In particular, patients receiving regular visits from dentists jumped 2.6-fold.
The survey was conducted in October 2014 and involved some 13,500 medical institutions. The ministry used the survey responses to estimate the nationwide total.”
While Japan has more of its citizens receiving direct medical care at home, including dental visits, the increase there has highlighted some challenges that this country will face in the near future and how the United States may have to deal with its own impending crisis in the future.
In the United States, the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation are the men and women born shortly after World War II through the mid-1960s. Those men and women are now approaching their 70s, or retirement age and as the median age of the country increases, it means there’s going to be an increased demand for not only quality medical care for these seniors, but also for in home care.
The United States has, for much of its modern history, been an innovator in many aspects of medical care, but it may also be able to learn about improved strategies to help its aging population from other nations. Japan, for example, has noted the cost savings that in home care offers and while many in the U.S. have also highlighted this fact, the federal government set in motion a 14 percent cut in Medicaid reimbursement for home care to help pay for the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
There may be lessons to learn from other regions of the world when it comes to in home care.
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