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Speedy Solutions Required to Assist Rapidly Aging Population

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By Cindy Cummings

Recently, Reuters reported that President Biden did not yet have sufficient support from his fellow Democrats to successfully secure $400 billion to spend on at-home care for the aging and disabled U.S. population. With post-World War II baby boomers now becoming senior citizens, the country is being threatened by a severe shortage of caregivers. Without inflated federal backing, the aging demographics of the country will hit the USA like a ton of bricks. In order to cushion this blow, it is essential that everyone from governmental policymakers to private enterprises do everything in their power to make aging in place possible for the senior population in Apopka and the rest of the nation.

Federal programs require additional funding

It was in March this year that President Biden first proposed giving Medicaid a much-needed funding boost. The program, which provides quality medical care to lower-income Americans, can benefit greatly from a cash injection. The $400 billion funding boost will be applied over a period of ten years and will fund at-home care for seniors and also increase caregiver wages. This will be of great benefit to the more than 52 million Americans over the age of 65 currently residing in the USA.

Existing service providers require support

There are many organizations that provide general healthcare as well as hospice care to seniors aging in place. Unfortunately, these service providers are often hindered from providing the services they have committed by compromised revenue cycles. In order to provide quality care that focuses on the patient, healthcare and hospice agencies have to be able to effectively manage their coding. A reputable and experienced coding company can offer faster turnaround times, streamlined processes, and boosted accuracy which will all contribute to overall improved patient care.

Communities have a role to play

By 2034 the USA will comprise more seniors than children. Of these seniors, approximately 90% will prefer to age in place. Although aging in place has countless benefits, it also has a number of drawbacks. One of the most prominent of these is social isolation. At a community level, a lot can be done to help combat such social isolation and make aging in place a healthier option. Community-led efforts to diversify housing options and implement opportunities for social interaction need to be initiated and supported in order to make aging in place a viable option for more seniors.

Most seniors prefer to grow old in familiar surroundings. In order for a rapidly aging population to comfortably age in place, however, a considerable effort has to be made to ensure that every aspect of the senior’s decision is fully supported at all levels.

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