Seniors will soon outnumber children, but the U.S. isn’t ready.

Aging U.S. population: meeting mental health needs

When populations age, communities are tasked with supporting both the physical and mental health needs of older adults. California’s older adult population alone will increase by 64 percent by 2035 and with it the need for more services. Findings from a 2012 Institute of Medicine report highlight the growing crisis of dementia, substance abuse and mental illness, such as depression among America’s older adult population.

The population of the United States is not as young as it used to be, and the year 2035 represents a major demographic turning point.

Though the need for mental health services for older adults is increasing, the government does not earmark funds for such services.

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According to a 2018 U.S. Census Bureau report, in 2035 “there will be 78.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.4 million under the age of 18.” In other words, the elderly population will outnumber children for the first time in the country’s history — a demographic shift that poses a unique set of public health challenges.

Los Angeles County will be especially impacted by the increasing ratio of non-working adults over 65 to working adults. In 2016, there were 5.2 working adults per retired person, but within 20 years, that number is expected to drop to 2.9.

Longer life expectancies among foreign-born minorities have also contributed to the growth of the older adult population. Because foreign-born minorities often live longer than their American-born counterparts, they spend more time in the category of “non-working older adult.” Asian populations, in particular, tend to live longer than populations of other ethnic backgrounds.

In summary, as the United States moves toward an older and more diverse population, it is important to develop effective strategies to support the health of aging Americans, thereby lessening the burden of care on families, friends, social workers and caregivers.

Courtesy: https://news.usc.edu/143675/aging-u-s-population-unique-health-challenges/

 

CareVoyant & Briggs, Partner to Provide Forms to Home Care with eBriggs

 

West Des Moines, Iowa, January 3, 2018 – Briggs Healthcare, the leader in post-acute documentation and regulatory solutions, is pleased to announce a partnership with CareVoyant, a leading developer of Microsoft-based solutions used by health care providers nationwide.

This partnership will provide CareVoyant Home Care customers with digital access to Briggs forms through eBriggs, and will expand into other markets in the future. eBriggs is a digital plug-and-play content solution for Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems that offers full integration between HTML and advanced PDF technology to provide users with the Briggs forms they know and trust to be regulatory compliant. These forms possess the intuitive features of workflow triggers, structured drop downs and required mandatory field entry ensuring that the online forms and stored data contain the integrity necessary for trusted care of patients and accurate reporting.

“Partnering with CareVoyant will allow their customers access to the known and trusted Briggs forms to help ensure a more user-friendly experience within their electronic records systems,” said Dustin Epstein, Briggs Healthcare’s Chief Digital Officer.

“Through the partnership with Briggs Healthcare, CareVoyant brings the look and feel of Briggs forms along with in-depth clinical experience and knowledge of Briggs,” said Kandasamy Pasupathy, President and CEO of CareVoyant.

About Briggs

Briggs Healthcare has been a trusted partner and a leading provider of a variety of products and services to the long-term care, assisted living, home care, hospice, hospital, physician and clinics and other health care markets for more than 70 years. Briggs serves more than 50,000 customers with professional documentation systems and forms, compliance services and data submission and analytic capabilities through our subsidiary SimpleLTC. Visit Briggs online at BriggsHealthcare.com for more information.

About CareVoyant

CareVoyant has been a leading provider of cloud based integrated health care software that can handle multiple service lines – Private Duty Nursing, Private Duty Home Care, Home Health, Outpatient Therapy, Medical Billing and Skilled Nursing Facilities – under a Single System of Record. CareVoyant functions – Intake, Scheduling, Clinical with Mobile options, Financial, Secure Messaging, Notification, Reporting and Dashboards – streamline workflow, meet regulatory requirements, improve quality of care, optimize reimbursement and bring operational efficiency.

For more information, go to www.CareVoyant.com or call us at 1-888-463-6797.

 Briggs, CareVoyant Partner to Provide Forms to Home Care with eBriggs

2017 User Group Conference held on September 13 – 15, 2017

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12th User Group Conference 2017, held on September 13 – 15, 2017

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Our Conference held in Embassy suites, Schaumburg, IL

Sessions were offered on a wide variety of topics, designed to help you get the most of CareVoyant. Networking opportunities provided valuable ideas and resources as well.