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What You Need To Know About Elder Care

There comes a time when we reverse the role of caregiver with our parents

At some point in life, there comes a time when we reverse the role of caregiver with our parents. They cared for us for a good part of their lives, and now when their health is deteriorating, it is time for us to take care of them. 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 make one seek special care. Elder care is the term given for the specialized care designed to meet the needs and requirements of senior citizens at various stages of life.

 

 

When is elder care necessary?

 

As an individual reaches the senior years, there often is a general decline in health which may indicate the inability to independently handle the activities of daily living. For example, the gradual onset of senility may indicate that someone who once remembered to take medication on time may now have difficulty in doing so. Failing eyesight may mean that your loved one is gradually losing the ability to move safely around the house, or a condition like arthritis may make it difficult for that person to get in and out of the bathtub unassisted.

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

There are a number of warning signs that may prompt you to seek outside help, such as:

  • Mobility problems; 

  • Loss or decline of hearing or sight;

  • Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis;

  • Cognitive problems such as confusion, memory loss; concentration, forgetting to take medications on time, language problems, and dementia;

  • Emotional problems such as depression, social withdrawal, loneliness, changes in personality (irritability, anger, moodiness), loss of interest in activities.

 

 

When to begin the discussion about elder care?

 

A discussion about elder care should begin as soon as these changes are noticed because postponing or delaying assistance could jeopardize your loved one’s safety and well-being.

 Here are a few questions that family members, and the elderly, should ask 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 individual’s routine to remedy the situation?

  • Are changes to the home required to remedy the situation?

  • Is professional help required?

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

  • What are our financial constraints in providing elder care?

 

Healthy Life Clinic has initiated elderly care services for busy adult children, especially those living overseas, who have elderly parents in Sri Lanka.  This geriatric service aims to provide health, safety and care solutions to help families manage their older loved ones in the comfort of their own home.

 

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