Posted by: Bert Copple | October 10, 2010

AiP2.0, the Future of Aging in Place Unveiled in MetLife Report

Communities, government and the public and private sectors will need to make sweeping changes to accommodate older Americans’ desire to remain in their homes, according to “The MetLife Report on Aging in Place 2.0: Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge.” Multiple studies in the past 10 years have shown that most Americans over age 45 prefer to remain in their own homes, even when assistance with activities of daily living is necessary. The MetLife report focuses on the age 65+ population, now 13% of the U.S. population. It says the age 85+ population, at greatest risk of being disabled, is expected to grow to 8.7 million people in 2030 from 4.3 million in 2000.

In the coming years adjustments will need to include homes in which residential design, health care services and new monitoring technologies are combined with comprehensive community care services to form a dynamic and efficient home health management system. Referred to as AiP2.0, this new Aging in Place blueprint envisions a more efficient use of available resources and an enhanced and better coordinated service delivery mechanism, while also leading to the creation of business opportunities for the private sector.

The report lists five steps to developing AiP2.0: 1) Homes prepared for Aging in Place through individual investment, subsidies and incentives, 2) Investment in businesses that will connect market sectors to improved service delivery, 3) Development of care management, social interaction, wellness and transportation systems, 4) Care management designed to dispatch services when needed, and 5) Care delivery models to make better use of available, paid caregiver resources to meet the needs of individuals in the community.

In addition to improving the quality of life for older Americans, an AiP2.0 system has the potential for numerous cost savings and benefits, including:

• Support and stress reduction for family caregivers
• Employment opportunities in the caregiving arena to attract individuals to the field
• Better application and efficient use of resources
• Acute-care cost reduction through better chronic care self-management
• Fewer injuries and illnesses
• Reduction of redundant services

The beginnings AiP2.0 development strategy is just what is taking place at Home Instead Senior Care. You will find extremely developed care management, social connections and interactions between the caregiver and client, and the most outstanding satisfaction ratings for our Home Instead’s wellness systems. Our CAREGivers are top-notch, friendly, responsive and supportive; there is rarely a case of a mismatched client and caregiver, and even if there is it is attended to and set right.

Home Instead Senior Care will provide outstanding caregivers to help your loved one with personal care, incidental travel, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and even meal preparation. To learn more, call 248-203-2273 or visit www.homeinstead.com . Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s trusted source of in-home non-commercial personal care and companionship for seniors. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. And remember, to us, it’s personal.

SOURCE: MetLife.com

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