It’s no surprise that our Baby Boomer generation is aging, and with that comes an influx of people entering nursing home facilities. Despite warnings of this “silver tsunami,” there has not been a single new nursing home built in New Jersey in the last 10 years.
That being said, many nursing home facilities are starting expansion projects in order to accommodate the higher demand for retirement and senior living.
Demand for Higher Quality Care in Nursing Homes
However, some facilities such as Atrium Health & Senior Living, see a different concern. Jason Hutchens, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, noted that their facilities haven’t seen an increase in the demand for services, but rather an increase in the demand for a higher quality of care.
As we’ve noted before, quality of care and the lack thereof is a serious concern many caregivers and family members have – and rightly so – when considering placing a loved one in a nursing home.
How Nursing Homes in New Jersey Are Changing
Now the question is: how will New Jersey nursing homes continue to evolve in order to best serve their residents’ needs?
There is a rising trend of technology helping to streamline care in many nursing home facilities; one example of this is the transition to electronic medical records.
In addition, senior care facilities must continue broadening their services in order to meet current needs of their residents. One of our favorite examples of this is the assisted living facility in Ohio that is prioritizing design as a way to help residents live happier and healthier lives. We hope these forward thinking concepts become more and more evident in our New Jersey nursing homes.
As the aging of our Baby Boomer generation continues, and the demand grows greater for nursing home facilities, the necessity for quality care will become more and more important.
Here at D|K|R|Y, we believe in standing up for the rights of our loved ones. If you have any questions concerning nursing home care or negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team for help.