According to WHO (World Health Organization) European Union is witnessing a sharp rise in the overall life expectancy. The steady increase in the proportion of young and old population since the last decade is expected to rise in the years to come. This changing scenario requires equal rise in the number of services, private and government organizations and other informal caregivers for elderly. Appropriate home care helps to the elderly and ailing people who do not have support from their families or significant loved ones. It is interesting to know that all the countries in Europe are experiencing similar demographic, social, political and technological challenges. This similarity reflects in the trends and development pattern of the region’s home healthcare industry as well.
Facts about European Home Healthcare Industry
Delivery of advanced technological services in patients’ homes is the prime goal. It the industry is able to achieve that then it can reduce the need for institutional care. It will also lift the emotional and financial burden from society as well as individuals.
Life Expectancy and Epidemiology
Rise in life expectancy signifies rising number of care-dependent individuals. Various noncommunicable diseases cause disability and other severe health problems among elderly, which requires special healthcare at home. Incidences of mental illness such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are more prevalent amongst elders. According to WHO (World Health Organization), the pattern of diagnosis and treatment of these diseases is peculiarly changing across Europe. Incidences of chronic diseases such as stroke, diabetes, cancer, respiratory diseases, heart diseases and other sensory diseases are common. Hampered physical movements, loss of hearing and vision, movement disabilities and other significant illnesses makes elderly confined to home, which demands constant homecare as well.
Social and Demographical Changes
European Union (EU) is set to witness change in the proportion of elderly population in future. Although this ratio differs for various countries, all the countries are struggling with increasing numbers of ailing population and decreasing number of caretakers. Change in social attitude, increasing number nuclear homes and changing values and attitudes towards social issues are some major reasons that expect growing number of formal and informal home healthcare services. Homecare industry in Europe is concentrated towards services such as unskilled care, infusion, rehabilitation and respiratory therapies. Apart from that, telehealth services and provision of homecare screening, testing and monitoring devices also comprises majority segments of the market.