As of 2009 the elderly population, classified as age 65 or older, reached 40 million. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging that means people 65 or older represent almost 13% of the total United States population. It is estimated by the year 2030 that the elderly population will be twice as large as it is today, surpassing the 70 million mark. With an aging population comes the need for new businesses. It probably wouldn’t surprise you if told you that the areas of central and south Florida were some of the biggest markets to companies that specialize in elderly care services. In fact, there are so many options for Ft Lauderdale senior care that it can be difficult to decipher what truly is the best option for you or your loved one. We’ve outlined the three most frequently asked questions we’ve encountered for those looking to find the best quality local elder care services.
1. When should I look into senior care?
All too often people don’t even begin to look into home senior care help until they find themselves or a loved one has a dire need for it. Today, elder care assistance services are no longer something that is looked as in terms of a last resort. From helping with light housework to having transportation assistance to the occasional doctor’s appointment, there are places that can help you keep a majority of your independence far into your later years. It is best to do this research in advance in case you have to make a decision quickly. That way you can confidently make a choice knowing you arrived at your conclusions on facts instead of operating on emotion.
2. How do I know if it’s a good service or facility?
Even if you do as much research as possible, when investing in a service it can be difficult to know for certain that it is the right decision for you or your loved one. You want this to be as stress-free and as smooth of a transition as possible. In order to accomplish that, it is best to write down and clearly define a list of wants and expectations from your senior care service provider. Narrow down and prioritize your list of what is most important and non-negotiable to you or your loved one. Then do your homework. Research the best senior care options in Broward County and the surrounding areas. When you find the elderly care assistance that best meets your needs be sure to find out:
- What is their specific licensing?
- Are they up to date and registered with the state?
- Can they give you a price quote and what specifically does that price cover?
- If your needs increase, will the price increase as well and by how much?
- What are the rules and guidelines of the community or business?
3. Is there anything I should look out for?
First and foremost, be aware of scams. Unfortunately, there are people that will try and take advantage of those looking for elderly or in-home care services. Never input any credit card or social security information online before speaking with a representative from the company first. Also, look online to see if there are any complaints or negative reviews about the business you are interested in. If you are a child that is looking for senior services for your parent, you should be prepared that this may not be any easy transition for your mother or father. Do your research but keep your parent and their primary care doctor in the loop before you take any actions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help yourself. There are so many qualified professionals that have experience assisting people through this time of change. Remember you are not alone in your search.