Patient care methods have shifted substantially in the last few decades to reduce hospital stays and increase the reliance on outpatient care. Just because a hospital has discharged an elderly patient, however, does not mean that the patient is able to cope with living independently or that their family is capable of caring for them. Seniors newly discharged from the hospital often have physical or mental conditions that limit their independence and require they receive assistance with their daily living activities.
This coincides neatly with the demographic trend of people living longer. According to the US Bureau of the Census, heart disease, cancer, and stroke are the leading causes of death among the elderly. None of these illnesses are immediate killers; instead they result in deteriorating health over time. A substantial portion of Caring’s clients are suffering from one, or more, of these diseases.
Leading to changes for seniors and families in America.