Hi, this is Anthony Diaz with Rosa’s Chante Adult Care Living. Many people open senior care homes because they feel it could be a way to make money. Truth is, this growing population of people that are in need of 24-hour personal care is steadily increasing. What is further increasing is the knowledge that is required to give this sort of care.
What I have discovered in my decades of working with this population is that there are so many people who do not fully understand what it means to provide a person with 24-hour personal care. It is not as easy as one thinks and it is not just providing the care itself, it is also understanding the struggle for the people and their families who need this care.
This is why I am so active in educating the public. It is because increasing the amount of people who have the necessary skills needs our attention as if we do not, we will not have the proper people caring for this population. I heard too many stories about caregivers and seen too many family members struggle with their love ones and this affects everyone.
You see the facts and figures about our aging population seems to be something that no one is talking about. Truth is, Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple by 2050, from 4.7 million patients in 2010 to 13.8 million by 2050. Alzheimer’s is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 15 percent of the population 70 and older has dementia.
We need to educate the public more and more about these diseases that include memory loss and how to cope with it. At Rosa’s we are experts in memory loss illness such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. I am not here to tell you to bring your family member here as normally there is a waiting list for us, I am saying be sure the home you choose, has the knowledge that is required to give this sort of care.
So no, opening an adult care home is not about making money, it is about providing comfort, care and education. Money simply cannot buy that because knowledge is required.