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Pennsylvania's baby boomers approach retirement age

Did you know, by the year 2030, Pennsylvania's 60 and older population is expected to reach nearly 30 percent of the total population? Because of this fact, Pennsylvania is taking note of their elderly population, what that means for their future and what it means for the future of health care. In order to ensure their health and safety and to avoid accidents, neglect and death in Pennsylvania nursing homes, the government is hoping to prepare Pennsylvania for the health care necessities this percentage of the population is sure to need. This is true of the elderly now, and in upcoming years.

Currently, Pennsylvania has over 700 nursing homes consisting of facilities for over 88,000 residents. However, they are nearly at capacity with 91 percent of the beds occupied. With so many residents at these care facilities, employees can be stretched thin. This happens when they are overseeing too many patients or having to do things too quickly. This is one way that nursing home deaths or nursing home neglect can occur.

With the nursing home facilities nearly at capacity and many baby boomers approaching retirement age, there is a great need to provide legitimate care options for these people. Everyone deserves a high level of care and personal attention. This includes the incoming baby boomers over the next decade or so. Dementia and Alzheimer's are common ailments among the elderly population.

Because of these mentally taxing ailments, these residents may need constant supervision and aid with everyday activities. If not properly cared for, terrible accidents can happen that result in injury or even death. The best way to avoid this is to ensure that a health care facility is using the best possible health care available with a 5-star staff. However, despite careful consideration, tragedies are possible.

Source: Pennsylvania Health Care Association, "PA Long-Term Care Statistics," Accessed May 18, 2015

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