How will Elderly Care in Farrell PA be Impacted by the Affordable Care Act?

At the moment, the Affordable Care Act that was passed in 2010 is taking headlines across almost every major media outlet in the country.  It’s grabbing all of these headlines, not because of all that it’s going to do for the health care industry, but for the disaster that the rollout has become.  So how will it impact elderly care?  Or will it impact elder care services at all?

No matter what your personal opinions are about the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, the fact is that it will impact every aspect of the health care industry.  It is going to have some significant impacts in some areas while its impact in others may be more muted.  For home care services, or elder care, they will be important to understand.

First and foremost, one of the most important aspects about this Affordable Care Act when it comes to elderly care is that it will be attempting to get patients in the hospital to move out of their hospital beds, and into their homes while they recover from illnesses, injuries, or surgeries.  While you may have been visiting your mother or father in the hospital for several weeks in the past, the goal would be to have him or her move home within a short amount of time.

What kind of benefit could this have on their health?  The idea is to save the hospitals money and to open up more hospital beds so that they can care for more people over a period of time.  For your loved one, your concern is going to be for their health and  well-being, right?  So will this have any direct impact on their recovery?

This will depend on a number of factors. First, you need to make sure that you have the right level of elder care services in place for them at their home.  While you may be tempted to be the primary caregiver for your loved one, unless you have experience and know what to do to support them during their recovery, you’re going to want a professional elder care provider for them.

This means that there will also be an increased demand for elder care services, which could place more pressure on the industry. If there are not enough elderly care providers in a specific region, it can make finding the right level of care for your loved one more challenging.  The changes to the health care industry are going to be significant.  When it comes to elderly care, just make sure you’re paying attention to what’s happening in your region, or the region where you may have elderly loved ones who may need some extra help in the future.

The caregivers at CareGivers Plus are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. CareGivers Plus is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable elderly care in Farrell  PA,  and the surrounding areas. Call 724-638-7110 for more information.

About Robert Devine

Robert Devine is Owner and Administrator at Caregivers Plus Home Health Care of Hermitage, PA.

Whether it’s conversation and company, or just eating a meal together, having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier, healthier life.

Caregivers Plus has been operating as a locally owned family-operated home care agency in Mercer County since 1994.