MedicareAmerica is aging and it is aging quickly.

Currently, about 1 in 8 Americans are 65 years of age or older. It is estimated that this number will balloon to  72.1 million persons over the age of 65, or 19% of the population, by 2030.

As we explored in our eBook, the Different Faces of Caregiving, securing proper support for members of the aging population is a very difficult task.  And more often than not, families face significant financial difficulty in securing proper housing and care for their loved ones when they are no longer able to care for themselves.

For many members of the elderly population, assisted living facilities provide a perfect mixture of supportive care while maintaining independent living. A popular alternative to the nursing home, assisted living facilities  brand themselves on being more of a luxury experience than a health care facility.  Within them, residents typically maintain their independence by living in their own private spaces where minimal tasks, like housekeeping and meals, are provided by staff.

While the concept of assisted living may seem ideal for some, not all are created equal. Most states do not have regulatory requirements for the facilities, unlike nursing homes, and as such, each can differ greatly in both quality of care and services.

This summer Frontline, in a partnership with ProPublica, investigated the state of assisted living facilities, specifically at one of America’s largest corporations, Emeritus, a for-profit company  with 50,000 beds  and 480 facilities in 45 states.

Please click the image below to watch the video and learn about the state of the assisted living facility in our nation.

 

 

 

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