Well, the year 2014 is here I would like to to start off with a quote I like: "To accomplish great things,we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan but also believe." May prosperity & success be the two sides of the coin for your business this year and always.
As I look back at Bel Aire's past, since we remodeled and enlarged our building 4 years ago, it has been a wonderful time of growth and accomplishments. This past year we have matured in our operations and we’ve come together as a team as we worked to provide the best environment and service for our residents. Looking forward with the new year at our doorstep we look forward to building an even better and stronger Bel Aire community where our residents can thrive.
One of our major goals this year is to educate and support. Even though we serve primarily those in the senior age groups demographically, we feel that we need to focus on building a large online network that will provide an online support for our community as well as the caregivers and care giving professional organizations all across this nation. According to the latest statistics more than three fourths of baby boomers are already active online and this trend will only continue to grow in the coming decades. There are many issues that are related to our industry, in which we would like to take a leading role and educate others on how to cope with the responsibilities of care giving while facing our present day challenges.
For this purpose we have created a website http://caregivingnetwork.com/. This network is free to join for anyone, whether you are a caregiver for your loved one or a care giving professional organization and we plan to keep expanding it's reach and influence throughout this coming year.
As the assisted living resident demographic changes toward higher age and acuity, senior living providers are shifting care models with a focus to accommodate emerging needs. I believe that the senior living industry, in general, is becoming more focused on healthcare while providing a higher level of hospitality. This means that as our industry demographic changes we will be doing more to manage acuity, while creating an environment with more personal amenities for our residents.
I think that one challenge we will face as an industry in 2014 is the implementation of health insurance, and subsequently health care reforms. We have not seen this level of fundamental change in the American health care system since Medicare was enacted in the 1960s. There are a significant number of elements that are still unknown, such as how many people will sign up for health insurance, what the demographics will be relating to the risk pool, and how prepared newly insured Americans will be to navigate the health care system.
I am looking forward to the opportunities this year will bring to our industry and hope to continue our efforts in providing excellent senior care with a clearer focus and better vision than before.