Monday, February 20, 2006

Survey Shows Preference for Non-Medical Home Care

Ashland, MA (PRWEB) February 20, 2006 -- Non-medical home care tops the list of preferred options for those seeking elder care services, according to the latest data gathered by ElderCarelink, an elder care referral service which spots trends and identifies growing elder care management needs. For those seeking elder care services, 54% preferred in-home care to assisted living and senior communities for seniors primarily between the ages of 75 and 84.

The numbers are consistent with growing trends for elderly to be cared for in the home rather than in nursing homes and assisted living centers. Using non-medical care can support families in their care efforts and support seniors in continuing to live independently. Utilizing home health care and personal care providers can be more cost effective as well. Elder home care services often include meal preparation, personal care services such as grooming and dressing, household services and transportation, according to the ElderCarelink survey.

“The trend toward caring for our seniors in the home is evident as concerns about quality of life and reluctance to turn to dependent living situations such as nursing homes or assisted living grow,” said Robert F. Brooks, Chief Executive Officer of ElderCarelink.

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