Professional Eldercare Providers—
Doctors, Nurses, Psychologists and Therapists
The statistics tell the story about demand for caregiving (National Family Caregivers Association):
- 65 million Americans (29%) are caregivers spending an average of 20 hours per week caring for a loved one.
- 70 million Americans will be age 65 or older by 2030.
- 34 million American adults (16%) provide care to adults 50+ years of age.
- 66% of caregivers are women caring for widowed mothers.
- 51% of care recipients live in their own homes.
- 30% of family caregivers are themselves age 65 or over.
Geriatrics doctors outstripped by demand...
Current studies indicate that with the Baby Boomers and their aging parents there will be a shortage of 20,000 to 40,000 geriatrics practitioners. Further, with the new healthcare legislation in place doctors' reimbursements from Medicare will be reduced by 21% and the health care system will lose geriatrics doctors and the "doctor deficit" will get even larger.
For many years the preponderance of the elderly and aging have spent their last years in their own homes or in a rest home of some sort. As long as the money and/or assets were available, the choices were between staying in their own home with the assistance of family members or expensive eldercare givers 24/7 and a rest-home which could be expensive.
What if the money is not available?
If the money were not available, lower end rest-homes that would accept what Medicare would pay were available. And they still are, but many families are not comfortable with the level of care and the facilities one gets for what Medicare can pay. And if medical boards start deciding who gets what level of care, if any care at all, families, with the help of geriatrics doctors, will be the primary care givers. And the setting will be in-home rather than in a rest home.
Now, with the the economy in decline, options are getting even more limited. More and more families have to explore bringing their aging parents into their own homes, and there is a dearth of written and digital information designed to assist with in-home eldercare. The books have not been written, and there are no organized research tools other than the search engines.
Search engines, searches, thousands of hits--what to do?
Searches using any of today’s powerful search engines result in thousands and thousands of “hits.” And it takes time to wade through the “hits” to glean the information needed at the moment. There are over 70,000,000 Baby Boomers with millions of elderly parents who will need eldercare, so the aggregate time saved should be considerable.
Mama moves in at age 84...I needed help that was not available.
Mom was 84 years old and in need of eldercare when I moved her in to live with my wife and me for the last 5 ½ years or her life. I was a rank novice, and the learning curve was steep for at least the first two years. Knowing how many families will have a similar experience to ours, I resolved to assemble a set of tools that could help prepare and assist families with in-home eldercare for their aging and elderly family members.
Help for geriatrics professionals--offloading the small stuff to family care givers...
My efforts resulted in a book, Mama Moves In, and research tools, InformationResearchPro and ProductResearchPro accessed with the Research CD included with the book. The book gives context to the research tools and the tools give utility to the book.
Mama Moves In provides a dress rehearsal for assessment, preparation and the experience of moving an elderly parent into one’s home. You get quick access to over 200 category-organized articles written by doctors, nurses and other eldercare professionals plus everything the internet has to offer. You also get interactive access to hundreds of useful and clever elder-care products.
Information ResearchPro and Product ResearchPro are organized, database-controlled and internet-resourced, so they are always current. The combination of Mama Moves In and the Research CD comprise the right tools at the right place at the right time for any family considering or already having moved an elderly parent or loved one into their home.
How do the databases help your clients and their families?
- The elder care information needed has been separated into topics and organized alphabetically.
- Finding the topics is quick and easy by reviewing them from A to Z.
- The topics have already been included in search phrases and searched using Google every time one is selected.
- The Google search results ("hits") have been reviewed for content and authority and pared down to a limited number in each topic deemed most appropriate (the first list of hits displayed).
- Additionally, if a user wants to see more than what is presented in the first list, all of the Google results, thousands of them, are listed under the first list.
- Just Click on the "hit" you want to review and up it comes without leaving our site.
- Review as many "hits" as you like.
- The database tools include a convenient way to accumulate desired listings for later review.
- Using the databases to access the elder care information and products is quick and easy.
Remember, the book gives context to the database information and the databases provide utility to the book. The result is having an elder care package that is always current—it does not go out of date.
For the eldercare professional that is assisting families facing the challenges of eldercare, a referral of Mama Moves In and the Research CD to the families could prove to be both a strategic and tactical resource for both the professional and the families. Quick and easy access to both information and products saves both the eldercare professional and the client time and effort. It’s a win-win for both.