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What Is Elder Care?

What is elder care? When is it necessary?

What is Elder Care?


It is usually the various diseases and physical limitations that makes one seek special care. Elder care, is a specialized care that is designed to meet the needs and requirements of senior citizens at various stages. Although aging itself is not a reason to consider elder care, it is usually the various diseases and physical limitations that accompany old age, that makes one seek special care.



When is Elder Care Necessary?


A general decline in health is often when elder care is introduced, as this may be the sign that the individual is not able to independently handle activities of daily living. For example, senility, which usually comes on at a gradual pace, may mean that a person who once remembered to take medication on time is now having difficulty doing so. Failing eyesight may mean your loved one is gradually losing the ability to move safely about the house, or condition like arthritis will cause he or she to have difficulty in getting in and out of the bathtub without assistance.

Family members or a doctor are usually the first to recognize a need for elder care. The type of elder care that is right for your loved one, however, is dependent upon the type of health conditions he or she suffers from, the severity of the conditions, and the deficiencies experienced.

There are a number of warning signs your loved one may show or that might prompt you to seek outside help.



 Signs to Watch Out For


  • Physical problems such as: walking problems, a loss or decline in hearing or seeing, Chronic health conditions (diabetes, heart disease, arthritis).

  • Cognitive problems such as: Confusion, Memory loss, Attention problems, forgetting to take medications on time, Language problems, Dementia.

  • Emotional problems such as: Depression, Social withdrawal, Loneliness, Changes in personality (irritable, angry, moody, etc.), Loss of interest in activities.



When to Begin the Discussion about Elder Care?


Elder care should become a discussion as soon as changes are noticed, as postponing or delaying assistance could jeopardize your loved one’s well-being and safety.


Family members, along with your elderly loved one, should ask the following questions to get started:

  • What type of care is needed to ensure immediate/long-term safety?

  • What types of care are available?

  • What types of services can be used to provide care?

  • Can modifications/changes be made to the home or routine to remedy the situation, or is professional help required?

  • Can care be provided in the home, or is the move to a facility a better option?

  • What are the financial constraints of providing elder care?


We at Healthy Life Clinic have initiated elderly care services.  The aim of our geriatric service is to provide health, safety and care solutions to help families manage their older loved ones in the comforts of their own home.




- Dr. Monesha Richard



For more information, please visit https://www.healthylife.lk/health-hub/hlc-elder-care



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