9 ASSISTED LIVING TRENDS TO WATCH FOR IN 2016 (SECOND PART)
5) Senior co-housing will become increasingly popular.
A cross between single-family residences and a more communal living arrangement, co-housing is an option that has some appeal for a growing number of older adults because it offers the privacy of single-family dwelling along with an increased sense of community.
In 2014, Harvard University’s Joint Center on Housing Studies observed that co-housing is an increasingly popular option for those seeking communal settings and some support outside of institutional living. The advantages of co-housing for seniors include things like access to a communal group of caregivers and shared responsibilities to ease the burden of some day-to-day activities such as preparing meals or caring for yard work.
4) Automation will ease the load of home care agencies.
Older adults are not the only ones who will be availing themselves of technological advancements in 2016. Home care agencies will (…) likely continue the growing trend of utilizing software platforms like ClearCare. These platforms will enable home care agencies to more efficiently manage caregivers and patients alike by providing automation for administrative functions such as billing, payroll, scheduling, and even care plan creation.
Software platforms of this nature will enable home care agencies to offer high-quality services in the home and track clinical data for each client’s individual health status more fully.
3) Grandparents will go high-tech.
Less technology-averse than their predecessors, Boomers are more likely to embrace technology to enhance their quality of life. In 2016, the wearable tech market for seniors will explode, as more companies produce useful tools for older adults.
Technologies available include much more than things such as senior-friendly phones with larger displays for those who suffer from poor vision or remote controls for windows, lights, thermostats, and doors.