15304 Spencerville Court
Burtonsville, MD 20866
What are some recent changes in home health care?
Longevity is having an impact on home health care. In the 1970’s, most of
our clients were in their 70’s. Our last seven inquiries were from people in
their 90’s. The good thing is that we are staying active and productive longer.
I’m relieved that Baby Boomers are more educated about achieving their
golden age goals. They’re less resistant to availing themselves of care than
their parents were. Without shame about getting help, they make sensible
decisions about cooking, standing on ladders and even driving.
The vast majority of us (nearly 90 percent according to AARP and
MetLife) want to stay in our own homes as we age. Well, let’s be realistic.
You can’t age in place successfully if you aren’t willing to use the tools that
are available. Getting home care is flexible and affordable. You contract for
the care you need and live on your own terms.
OWNER, AT HOME CARE, INC.
11120 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 505
Silver Spring, MD 20904
What are the most valuable services you provide for your clients?
Many clients are informed consumers, but the variety of options and pricing
for homecare and communities can be bewildering. Because we don’t
have financial relationships with any facilities or resources, our objective
recommendations are based on clients’ preferences and budgets. Whether
they’re considering a CCRC, assisted living, skilled nursing care or staying
at home, we help navigate the process of making the best choice and can
remain involved afterward, as needed. Because we’ve done this for more than
30 years, we know what is out there, and keep abreast of changes.
Many of our calls are from adult children looking for guidance on how to
evaluate their parents’ need for care. More and more, though, we are meeting
with clients, often Baby Boomers, who are proactively planning for their own
future. While we can provide support to families in crisis, there are always
more options when planning ahead to meet the challenges of aging.
Susy Elder Murphy
BA, CMC, OWNER, DEBRA LEVY ELDERCARE ASSOCIATES