Increased Awareness of and Demand For Home Care Services
In recent weeks, many experts have predicted a coming surge in demand for home care. Some are referring to a short-term surge as home care agencies assist COVID-19 patients moving out of hospitals, while others look toward a long-term rise in demand for home care services.
While any short-term surges are likely to depend heavily on geographic location, our team believes it’s likely that the future does hold a general rise in demand for home care services over the long-term.
There are several main reasons.
First, several high-profile cases of COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes and assisted living center have not only resulted in strong negative PR for facilities, but also highlighted some key risks with the facility care model when it comes to infection control.
While facilities will likely always exist as an option for those seeking care, the COVID crisis has brought home-based care into the spotlight and demonstrated its advantages over facility-based care, especially in times when infection control is a primary concern.
Second, the economic turmoil from COVID-19 has forced many people to seek more affordable forms of care.
Home-based care has long been recognized as a more affordable choice for care, and with the ways that COVID-19 has battered the economy, more families will be seeking out home care as an option.
Finally, in many ways COVID-19 has been a proving ground for home care because it’s forced many aspects of care to move in-home as hospitals and facilities have cleared out beds for COVID-19 patients.
Not only has home care garnered some of the awareness it has historically lacked, but it’s shined during this time. We’ve been inspired by the ways we’ve seen home care agencies rise to the occasion when the US healthcare system is strained.
As Jennifer Sheets, CEO of Interim, has said, “Home care is the answer.” Home-based care is not only here to stay—it’s the future of care.