President's Point – March 2017

There's No Place Like Home

 

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Mark D. Baldino

Elder Care Services has always focused on a healthier aging experience with the intention of helping families keep loved ones in their homes for as long as possible. Losing independence is the leading fear of those who are aging and displacement further exacerbates that fear.

In a recent review, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs found that community and home-based care is the most cost-effective method of serving seniors, compared to the skyrocketing cost of long term nursing home and hospital care.  Programs like Elder Care not only offer cost savings to seniors and their families, but they also provide a much better and more personal level of care than the alternative. We simply cannot afford and do not have enough nursing home beds to accommodate the growing number of elders who need assistance with daily living. In Leon County alone, there are more than 50,000 adults over the age of 60 and of the roughly 1,600 beds available between nursing homes and assisted living facilities, less than 100 vacancies exist each year (2016 Florida County Profiles, Department of Elder Affairs).  Meanwhile, the total number of seniors on Elder Care’s In-Home Services waiting list exceeds 500 each year!

Thanks to the incredible support of local agencies, volunteers, and donors, Elder Care continues to provide quality, affordable services for our growing number of seniors who desire to age safely and comfortably in their own homes. In 2016, over 170 frail seniors received more than 30,000 hours of In-home and Community-based services such as personal care, light housekeeping, medical transportation, crisis interventions and professional care management. We are able to provide quality care at less than 50% of the cost of assisted living and nursing homes.

Allowing seniors to age in place within familiar and safe surroundings increases happiness and helps to avoid depression. It not only improves their quality of life but it also decreases the financial burden associated with lengthy stays in long term care facilities. We couldn’t do this without your support. Thank you!

With warmest regards,

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Mark D. Baldino
Contact me @
baldinom@ecsbigbend.org
(850) 245-5930