Pastoral Care Program Beyond the Nursing Home
Pastoral Care for the elder community is reaching new heights as the baby boomer generation reaches their golden years. Nursing homes are becoming not the only refuge for the elderly. With hospice and other programs, the elderly and the sick can find a variety of options. The article below highlights the other options than nursing homes and hospice.
This to Manish Sahajwani of the San Francisco Chronicle. In the article, “Alternatives to Nursing Homes”, she lists a variety of other options for seniors.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2050 more than 20% of the American population will be above the age of 65. This translates into 88 million people. The nation’s 90-and-older population has nearly tripled over the past three decades to roughly 1.9 million in 2010. This number is expected to quadruple over the next four decades. Elderly people need different levels of care, and therefore require different facilities. The market is opening up for seniors and their families looking for options beyond nursing homes.
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Good pastoral care still remains an issue no matter where anyone person may lay his or her head. The location can be great for the spirit of the person, but it should not affect the caregiver. Whether nursing home, retirement home or hospice, the care that is demanded for the sick and elderly should always be a consistent and fair to each.
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Mark Moran, MA