The impact of medical science has been felt in many areas of life, and it has actually stretched life expectancy to far beyond what people knew just a few generations ago. While this is certainly a positive trend, it does come with some distinct challenges. Aging is not easy. As people live longer, more and more of them wind up in nursing homes.
Did you know that about 33 percent of the U.S. population will be at least 65 years old by 2050? That projection comes from the Congressional Budget Office. That’s about a third of the population, a huge percentage. Along with that, they claim that around 4 percent of people in the United States will be at least 85 years old. That’s a far smaller total, but people of that age are virtually guaranteed to need assistance.
For instance, reports claim that more than 50 percent will have trouble doing their daily activities, which just means simple things like getting dressed, cooking a meal, taking a bath, getting out of bed in the morning, standing up out of a chair or using the restroom.
When people struggle with these tasks, they need around-the-clock caretakers in the home — far more expensive than many of them can afford — or assistance at a nursing home. Nursing homes packed with new arrivals could have overworked, stressed out staff. They’ll also have to use industrial cafeterias, shared rooms and other features residents do not tend to prefer.
As more people end up in nursing homes, it will become even more important for family members to make sure they know what rights they have after cases of neglect or injury.
Source: Nov. 30, -0001