Did you know?
According to the Population Reference Bureau’s Aging in the United States bulletin:
- U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that average U.S. life expectancy increased from 68 years in 1950 to 78.6 years in 2017.
- The number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, and the percentage of the U.S. population they’ll account for is expected to rise from 16% to 23%.
- The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the aging of the Baby Boom generation could result in an over 50% increase in the number of American seniors requiring nursing home care, from 1.2 million in 2017 to nearly 2 million in 2030.
- Demand for elder health care services also will be driven by a significant rise in the number of Americans living with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease, which could more than double from 5.8 million individuals today to 13.8 million by 2050 (Alzheimer’s Association,2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures).
- Seniors in many parts of the country are choosing to “age in place”because disproportionate shares of younger people who would serve as their caretakers have moved elsewhere.
Among the many consequences of these demographic trends, “the aging of a large number of Americans is driving the need for services,” said Jela Maretic, regional executive director of Unicity Senior Advisors, a Ridgewood-based leader in integrated care management solutions for seniors. “Part of this has arisen because the families of the vast majority of clients we serve often live out of the area, the state or sometimes even out of the country.”
Other market factors also are necessitating the need for more senior services. Among those, “Medicare’s increasingly stringent scrutiny of health care expenses has led to a reduction in the amount of time seniors can remain in a rehab facility or hospital and even their eligibility for a hospital stay, which subsequently reduces the amount of time a family has to figure out what to do for their loved one,” Maretic said.
“As a result, families are looking elsewhere for solutions for their senior loved ones,” she said.
“At Unicity, which has been successfully providing compassionate elder care services throughout northern New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y. for nearly a decade, we work with seniors experiencing a broad range of issues, from dementia/cognitive decline to stroke, psychiatric conditions, behavioral issues like hoarding, and more who may be unable to take care of themselves or their homes,” Maretic said. “Their families are concerned for their safety and well-being but have difficulty managing these situations themselves and don’t know what to do.”
A Personalized Approach
“We understand that this can be an emotional time for families and their senior loved ones,” Maretic said. “They often don’t know where to begin or what questions to ask, so we try to help them navigate the process and reduce their stress.” Currently working to expand their services to South Jersey in 2020, “we take care of details that families would if they were able to, help to alleviate feelings of guilt, and instill confidence that their loved one is in great hands and being cared for in a quality way.”
Through their team of eight experienced geriatric care managers – comprised of nurses and social workers who specialize in adult and senior clients – Unicity Senior Advisors can support families and their senior loved ones in a wide variety of ways, including:
- Managing the Day-to-Day — “We can visit clients as frequently as requested to spend quality time with them, provide medication management, assist with doctor’s appointments, help them move to assisted living and support them in adjusting to that new environment,” Maretic said.
- Providing Financial/Legal Support — On the operational side, “we can straighten out/organize a senior’s finances, connect them to trusted elder law attorneys in our network, and arrange power of attorney relationships and health proxies to ensure that those legal details are covered,” she said.
- Counseling/Advising Families — “We also provide personalized counseling, support and education to family members and our care managers regularly email the families of clients each day to provide an update on their loved one’s status,” Maretic said. “As we talk to and get to know families and their senior loved ones, we learn more and more, deliver a customized and concierge level of care, and can provide as few or as many services as someone wants or needs.”
Based on their understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of the area’s growing population of older residents, “Unicity Senior Advisors has a great system in place that’s designed to help seniors manage what they can’t on their own and families are extremely grateful for our ability to fill in the gaps,” Maretic said. “Our staff has a passion for senior care and we take great pride and joy in spending time with our clients, getting to know them and positively impacting their quality of life.”
Overall, she said, “we’re dedicated to getting every issue covered, examining the need for different services now and later, and fully meeting our clients’ needs.”
If you or a loved one could benefit from our Senior Advisor services, give Unicity a call today!