Health Care at Home on Your Terms: Senior Care Central Develops Unique Model That Promotes Aging in Place with Flexible Assisted Living

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Senior Care Central is a web-based service that links persons who are seeking care with quality, affordable, professional caregivers.

The increase in the population of older Americans and their desire to age in place has led to some serious challenges within the health care community.

The 2012 Profile of Older Americans from the Administration on Aging provides some startling statistics. More than one in eight (13.3%) of the population is an older American. Over 11.8 million older adults live alone, including nearly half (46%) of all elderly females. With advanced age often comes chronic illness and limitations that may require a little help to stay at home. Yet, according to AARP (2012), over 80% of people over age 65 wish to remain at home as long as possible.

Senior Care Central (SCC), LLC, an online portal designed to link people seeking in-home care to nursing students and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), is helping persons throughout the Midwest discover a new option for assisted living. Using the SCC website, persons seeking in-home care can connect with a pool of professional caregivers and make their own care arrangements using an easy-to-navigate set of online tools. By providing direct access and communication between care seekers and caregivers, arranging for in-home care becomes more flexible and affordable.

Founded by Dr. Kristen L. Mauk, an expert in gerontological and rehabilitation nursing, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and herself a professor of nursing for over 22 years, Senior Care Central was developed in response to the growing need to provide high quality, affordable caregiver services to the nation’s growing population of older adults.

"The increase in the population of older Americans and their desire to age in place has led to some serious challenges within the health care community," stated SCC founder, Dr. Kristen L. Mauk. "And that is why we feel a more affordable, flexible option for aging in place is needed."

Because the SCC pool of care providers is made up exclusively of student nurses and CNAs, persons seeking care get access to a more highly skilled group of caregivers than would typically be available.

"Consider that if you hire a nursing student, you get an increasingly skilled caregiver who is close to being an RN for much less cost than charged by traditional home care agencies, and at the same time, you are helping nursing students along in their career as future nurses," said Dr. Mauk. "It’s a win-win situation for everyone," said Dan Easton, director of social media.

Interested parties can sign up at where they can also find helpful resources and tools.

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