The elderly health care landscape at the moment is in dire need of help. Officials are trying to work with the present system to sort out many issues that senior citizens often face when it comes to their health care needs. With the elderly the largest growing portion of the population, they are also having the most issues when it comes to the current system.
More than 40 percent of adult patients in acute care hospital beds are 65 or older. Seventy million Americans will have turned 65 by 2030. They include the 85-and-older cohort, the nation’s fastest-growing age group.
Elderly people often have multiple chronic illnesses, expensive to treat, and they are apt to require costly hospital readmissions, sometimes as often as 10 times in a single year.
While the elderly are in the most need of the health services, the system in it’s present state isn’t designed to handle the steadily increasing care needs.
The Obama administration is spending $500 million of the stimulus package from last year to get more doctors and nurses where they are most needed, and in hopes of decreasing the stress the system finds itself presently under. While pushing the system into a more workable form will take a long time, the administration is hopeful that change can come.
Yet, with increasing strain and budgeting problems, many of those who are already feeling the impact feel as if not enough is being done. They say that the strain of both care needs and budget concerns is more severe than people realize, and the pinch is being felt among all those involved.