For aging, trend is away from institutional care
A decade ago, most baby boomers were still in the prime of their lives – rushing to take children to school, ball practice, dance lessons, Scouts and church activities.
For the majority, thoughts of retirement were not even a blip on the radar screen, much less concerns about long-term health care facilities.
Enter 2006: The first group of boomers turns 60 this year. A few have already retired. Many more are thinking about their future health-care needs, especially if no close family is nearby.
“With all the baby boomers turning 60 this year, there is going to be a trend that demands long-term care,” said Nancy Robertson, director of aging for the Top of Alabama Regional Council on Governments. “But it’s not just going to be institutional care. We are keeping people in their homes for a fraction of what it costs for institutional care. You save the taxpayer money when someone stays at home and everyone is happy.”