Author: Katie Brown (former COM for Indiana)
The elderly population of the United States over 65, according to studies by the American Association of Retired People, will double in size in four decades rising from 12 million in 2010 to 18 million in 2030 with the highest rate of increase among those 85 and older. Key to good heath care for these baby boomers is for it to be in loving atmospheres.
A very dear gentleman friend of mine found that while he was in hospice care. When I spent time with him, the atmosphere was very much like his own home filled with love. As I left I gave him a big hug, and I walked out the door remembering the smile on his face. What stood out to me was that he was in the hands of loving people…family, friends, and professional caregivers. He was finding a bit of heaven on earth.
In the words of Mary Baker Eddy, a woman who lived in many homes while on her journey to founding Christian Science, “Pure humanity, friendship, home, the interchange of love, bring to earth a foretaste of heaven (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 100).”
That’s what seniors should have when there is a need for health care. During this month National Home Care and Hospice Month the theme, Home is the Center of Health Care, is focused on home as playing a major role in coming years as the center of health care in our country.
Most people tend to want to stay in their homes for care, and as baby boomers age and nursing facilities and hospital stays soar in cost, more of them may get that opportunity. Home health care is considered the best value for dollars. The cost factor is that Medicare is nearly $2,000 per day for a typical hospital stay and $559 per day for a typical nursing home stay with home care costing $44 a day on the average.
But whatever the cost factor or wherever seniors receive care now and in years to come, let’s work and pray together to be sure that they are in loving atmospheres to bring them “a foretaste of heaven.”