Geriatric refers to people who are more advanced in age, usually after 60 years and up. As we know when people get old their abilities become to decline. Therefore, older people require supervision, guidance and help to perform daily task. Their mood swings also change.
The young people if they have older people at home their parents or relatives need to care a lot about them. When people get older, they usually become demanding. Certain diseases are also associated with old age like arthritis, dementia, blood pressure and diabetes etc.
A special care is usually required at home as well as in hospitals. Usually, home health care is indicated when patients need monitoring, adjustment of drugs, dressing changes, and limited physical therapy.
Home health care is commonly used after hospital discharge (post-acute care), although hospitalization is not a prerequisite, particularly for the elderly. Home health care is usually provided by agencies, nonprofit organizations. Home health care may provide medical and nonmedical services.
The concept of geriatric home cares is becoming very common in west particularly USA. However in Asian countries this concept is not followed much. In home care centers nurses provide services under the supervision of a physician, who consults with them as changes in care are needed.
Caring for patients at home requires that caretakers consult with physician so as to monitor if they are progressing well. Few old people who are seriously ill may prefer full time home care agencies whereas mostly prefer to live in homes especially with their children and grandchildren.
The children and other health care providers should manage the diet of old people and their medications as well. Old people usually demand time from their children and leisure time activities which they enjoy.
Sometimes children are busy in their jobs, so they leave their parents at day care. At day care old people are usually taken care of and other old age people are also there with which they can communicate.
Geriatric Home Care is steeped deeply in the idea that senior citizens should be allowed the opportunity to age in their own home with the adequate level of care and assistance that is required so they can remain comfortable and safe in the home.
It has been also observed that older people are living longer with home care facilities. One of the main reasons behind this is that they are happy living in their homes and a sense of security is with them. More seniors are choosing to stay in their own homes instead of moving into long term care institutions.
Home care for the elderly usually refers to services that the client receives that are non-medical. The services are designed to help the senior live at home and thrive in his or her environment.
Geriatric Medicine can be challenging. However, it is a preferred choice for many aging seniors. A well thought out home care plan and a supportive team can help improve the client’s health and overall well-being.