In Omaha, Nebraska, there is a pronounced shortage of nurses that is expected to increase in the coming years as more retire, leaving families with fewer home care options if they are caring for an older adult who wishes to age in place, according to The Omaha World-Herald.
To combat this problem, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has founded a $14 million Center for Nursing Science, in the hopes that the new facility will attract applicants who can fill in as the next generation of nurses.
Dr Virginia Tilden, dean of nursing at the school, told the news provider that she expected to see a shortage of around one million nurses by 2020 across the country. Nebraska is expected to have a deficit of 3,800.
Some families are already being affected by this lack of available care and the most pronounced issue appears to be an increasing demand for home healthcare services and a decreasing number of medical professionals.
A senior alert system can often present an alternative to families who have an older adult who requires supervision. This medical alarm allows seniors to immediately contact a caretaker in the case of an emergency so that they can age safely and independently.