Paul Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care Reinvents Senior Living During Talk at SHU
Paul Hogan, chairman and co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care spoke at Sacred Heart University’s Schine Auditorium on Wednesday, February 29. He talked about his innovative company which provides non-medical care for seniors and has grown to be the largest business of its kind, providing services to more than one million seniors internationally since its founding in 1994. The event was sponsored by SHU’s College of Health Professions.
Home Instead Senior Care enables individuals to live safely and comfortably in their own homes. With 65,000 caregivers around the world, the company provides companionship, meals, housekeeping, medication reminders, errands and personal care. When seniors can no longer stay at home, Home Instead helps them transition to the next level of care.
Hogan welcomed his audience with a series of questions. For example, he asked, “What age do you consider old?” Numbers varied. The average age that a 20 year old considered old was 65 whereas a 65 year old thought 85 was old. Hogan emphasized that the age we currently are determines how we view our later life dramatically.
He went on to discuss what he believes is vital in senior care – well-rounded assistance. He emphasized keeping senior citizens actively involved in what they love to do and going beyond just medical care. He believes this is important to quality of life as people age.
Throughout the presentation, Hogan provided his audience with a variety of statistics on how society views the elderly and how the elderly view themselves. His statistics focused on three major birth cohorts, the Millennials, the Baby Boomers and the Greatest Generation. When the Millennials were asked how prepared they were for their senior years, 74 percent answered that they were completely unprepared, while just 44 percent of the Baby Boomers had a plan for their senior years.
While each group thinks very differently for the most part, there was one area that everyone agreed on – how long they expected to live. Both the Millennials and the Baby Boomers expected to live until 90 years old, while the Greatest Generation added two more years, making their expected age 92.
Hogan left his audience with two important thoughts: get prepared and give senior citizens the proper care that they need. His hope is that we will take the time to properly care for those who have cared for us.
“When you’re serving older people, always look for that young vibrant woman or that handsome young man that that exists within each one of us,” he concluded.