One of the worst sights to see is distressed parents conforming to old age homes. Whatever may be the alibi, separation from one’s children, from one’s own abode is one of the excruciating phases mostly, which is uncalled for. Although the elderly health care provided within the ambit of many old age domiciles is quite homely, one can’t replicate the same warmth that he/she has had experienced within their own shelters. On a positive note, the state of old age homes and elderly care centers in India are improving. Various institutions have come up over the years who primarily pledge to serve the old and displaced. There are nursing homes, health-care homes, independent living facilities, skilled nursing faculties and assisted living facilities. Let us discuss further to understand how these social organizations are dedicatedly serving the need:
Facts and figures narrating the conditions for healthcare facilities for the elderly:
Geriatric care or Elder healthcare in India is emerging at a rapid pace as many organizations have come up with upgraded facilities where displaced aged people are given preferential care and treatment. This was, rather is the need of the hour in India as population aging has become a serious matter in India. As a matter of fact, the census 2011 states that the percentage of people aged 60 or above is 8.14% (91.6 million) of the total Indian population and is expected to rise 11.1% (158.7 million) by 2025.
The problem arises as joint families in India, mostly in the urban settings have turned into nuclear families. With the increasing globalization or rat race, the distance between children living in overseas and parents in the home becomes unfathomable. To make this more transparent, 9.0% in 1992 to 18.7% in 2006 shows the increase in the elderly living either alone or with spouses.
Infrastructural cost for senior citizen health care is the major challenge which India faces. Physical infrastructure, healthcare cost, isolation, etc. are among the major concerns that make the conquest an uphill task. Despite all odds, the picture is not all that morose. Rehabilitative therapies, palliative care, skilled nursing help, social services and close supervision are some of the services undertaken by many governments’ as well private organizations to make it better for the aged people and parents who are bereft of economic and social security.
Types of healthcare facilities for senior citizens
Residential care facility– A residential care facility is for those individuals who are unable to live alone due to old age but do not need any skilled nursing services. The services which are given to people under a residential care facility are bathing, grooming and completing other daily works and activities.
Assisted living facility- Elderly people who are healthy and are able to carry on independently, can also opt for an assisted living facility where they can have their own independence and privacy. If there is an elderly couple then they can have their own private home in these facilities. These are apartments where one can have a kitchen, a 24 hours security and an option to participate in various recreational and social programs.
Skilled nursing facilities- These are the usual nursing homes where consistent nursing services and help is lent to patients by registered and licensed vocational nurses. An extensive and wide range of skilled nursing help, medicines, injections and continuous monitoring is offered to patients who are critical. Such facilities vigorously provide continuous help for the elderly to keep them quarantined and stable during any acute/chronic illness.
Elderly planning is currently one of the biggest requisites in our country and more the developments take place, better will it be for the people not just who currently are weakened by the burden of age but for ourselves who expect to see a better tomorrow.