Aging Boomers Seek Diverse and Flexible Healthcare Providers
It’s a known fact that aging baby boomers are impacting America’s strained healthcare infrastructure. A shortage of qualified medical professionals is one problem facing healthcare providers in urban and rural communities. As a result, people are struggling to find high quality, affordable and dependable senior care. Often, “quality of life” issues such as personal finances, blighted neighborhoods, transportation services, and crime impacts their search.
A March 2006 study entitled: “The Impact of the Aging Population on the Health Workforce in the United States – A Summary of Key Findings,” says the number of Americans age 65 and older will increase to 54 million by 2020 and increase to 20% of the U.S. population by 2050.
Senior care Providers like Kentucky faith-based Christian Care Communities are providing skilled nursing care, rehabilitation services, transitional rehabilitation care, adult day care, private duty nursing and home / community-based services that address a number of the concerns identified in the study such as: employing an ethnically diverse group of healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals, as well as provide affordable high quality housing and long-term care services.
Keith Knapp, Ph.D., President and CEO of Christian Care Communities, said the company’s recent $1.6 million investment in Christian Health Center West demonstrates the organizations commitment to one of Louisville’s most under-served neighborhoods. He added, “ We’re all God’s children, building care around relationships between the caregiver and care provider is essential. Our new facility is in an area of town that is currently under-served when it comes to skilled nursing care.” Dr. Knapp feels that their new facility lessens the logistical challenges and care concerns that burden families seeking to continue their relationship with a significant loved one.Continued on the next page