Because the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we’re learning to live with it and mitigate its risks. While older adults have suffered disproportionately from the health impacts of COVID, they’ve also suffered from the consequences of efforts to regulate its spread.
Infection rates rose in recent months, and plenty of long-term care facilities again closed their doors to visitors. This left many families separated from elderly and disabled family members in the course of the holiday period.
These separations may drag on as infection rates remain high in the course of the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months. With prolonged separations, older adults and people with disabilities may face the specter of loneliness, which is understood to extend the danger of dementia, heart disease, and stroke.
“There’s a risk in not finding ways to get together safely”
These concerns were raised last month by the Chief Medical Officer on the University of Michigan, “It’s essential to search out ways to collect, by taking the correct precautions, with older adults reasonably than leaving them in isolation.”
Even in the most effective of times long-term care facilities were difficult to administer, staff, and operate. There’s no methodology that consistently offers residents the needed levels of emotional and physical care at a reasonable price. That’s a serious reason many insurers are scaling back what they provide in long-term care products.
The longer term of eldercare
What’s encouraging is how innovation is coming into play to assist reimagine long-term care. Somewhat than talking about optimizing the solutions offered through long-term care facilities, we’re talking more about age-in-place solutions for the house.
At CES 2022 in Las Vegas, there have been launches of home robot products to assist with housekeeping. They join the ecosystem of corporations and products through which insurers are working to assist customers prevent, mitigate, and manage the risks of illness and disability.
Our teams at Accenture are working with insurance clients who’ve built such solutions. They’re using their ecosystems to supply alternatives that allow older adults to remain of their homes and communities, feel valued, and combat the risks of loneliness.
Growing demand for humans enabled by machines
COVID-19 has shone a light-weight on the long-standing shortage of care employees many countries are facing. By 2050, one in six people on the planet will likely be over age 65. And the variety of people living with dementia will likely be 2.5 times higher than it’s today. Technology innovations can go an extended method to enable human caregivers who will likely be in greater demand than ever.
As we glance forward, we are able to take lessons from what’s happening in Japan. They’re developing public-private approaches to long-term care insurance. These programs incorporate robotics solutions. Additionally they provide options to women, who disproportionately assume family caregiving roles, to remain within the workforce and higher prepare for their very own retirement.