Client’s Care Longevity in The Elder Care Industry
We recently tracked the average length of time that an individual needs and retains a home care agency. The indicators for requesting for care services are as follows:
- Post Hospitalization
- Early to late Onset of Dementia
- Fall Precautions
- Physical Frailty
- In ability to maintain activities of daily living
The average client in fairly good health who just needs some help to maintain their independence in the home setting and activities of daily living has a care span of about 3 to 9 years (This is more consistent with our client base).
The next category of clients are individuals who come to us with a history of early onset of dementia to moderate or late phase of the disease. This population tends to have care for 2 to 6 years, and if no decline of the disease can stay in their house with a live-in caregiver for longer. If living with a spouse who is healthy and involved in their care can even stay longer at home.
Another trend that is growing is the population that is elderly; live alone, in good cognitive state, but physically frail and lonely. This population often requires service a few days a week to meet their specific needs. They tend to plan their activities when the caregiver is at the house. The average care span for this population is 3 to 5 years.
The post-hospitalization population sometimes gets better and terminates their service.