Problem Statement Proposal
The population within the United States is growing every year. Not in the sense of the overall population but instead focused solely on the older demographic, specifically those 65 years and older. In 2009 the population represented 12.9% of the U.S. population which is one in every eight people. This number already seems very high; however it is expected to approximately 19% of the population by 2030. This is a very substantial growth in a respectively short period of time. (AOA) This means that many businesses are going to have to refocus the services in order to accommodate this newly expanded demographic. This holds true for Alegent Health Hospital in Omaha according to Kim Kleine who is the Operations Director of Hospice and Home Care. Hospice is an end-of-life care system for individuals who have been given a limited time to live due to illness or another life limiting condition. Hospice is not a curing system but instead a caring system. They try to make the last few months of ones life as comfortable as possible and can do this in the hospital, nursing homes, or the patient’s home. Hospice does not apply strictly to the senior population, however it is the most common patient and the demand for this certain demographic is also suppose to growth substantially as the baby boomers enter their senior years. Taking on more patients then accustomed to can cause many problems if they are not prepared for such a change and this is something Kleine is worried about. She wants to be prepared for the increase in demand before it is upon them, this way they can provide the best service possible. Since this is not yet a current problem it is hard to tell what the total impact will be and in what areas they need to adjust their current system. Also, since Hospice is not only for the senior patients they also need to maintain their service for the other patients as well and...
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