Care homes in the future

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

When today’s thirty-somethings reach their eighties, what can they expect? Val Kendall, care services manager for Craegmoor Healthcare, outlines some of the changes already on the horizon. The recent World Veterans Athletics Championships in Gateshead yet again confirmed that the stereotypes surrounding old age are becoming increasingly irrelevant. We are living longer, and government statistics suggest that by the year 2030, the number of people over 60 will have risen to over 18 million – more than 50 per cent up on 1996. In addition, due to advancements in healthcare, we are staying healthier – in body, if not in mind – far longer, meaning that although care provision will still be needed, we’ll need it far later in life and possibly for much longer. Changing domestic patterns and increased geographical mobility means that elderly people will be less and less able to rely on family members for their care, leading to greater reliance on professional carers. Expectations of what a care home for the elderly

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