“According to Population Census 2011, there are nearly 104 million elderly persons (aged 60 years or above) in India; 53 million females and 51 million males. A report released by the United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge India suggests that the number of elderly persons is expected to grow to 173 million by 2026.” Vikaspedia
Aging is a fact of life we simply cannot ignore, but it is not being resigned to your fate but enjoying the new phase of life with new opportunities and experiences. Aging is a natural part of life that should be readily accepted and the journey, instead of being rocky should be made easy like all the other elements that define our existence.
One of the most important aspects of older people is making health conditions and chronic diseases treated by exemplary quality assistive long-term care tended to by professionals who treat us with diligence, compassion, and respect. Personal care, be it in-home care or patient care at a medical center must fulfill all our physical and emotional health requirements thereby ensuring that we live a zestful and invigorating life.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to convince senior citizens to accept outside help as they think it compromises on their privacy, self-esteem, and dignity. But elderlies can transition to a more comfortable and happier space with professional caregivers at home.
The most important act of caregiver is to put your patient’s needs above yours to ensure health and well-being. Caregiving can be extremely rewarding as it invariably makes someone else’s life easier and better.
Most seniors rely on children or relatives to provide them the right kind of care. But a skilled caregiver can provide a lot more as they are trained to cater to their every small need, read emotional and physical, manage their time effectively and care for them when they are really sick. Communication is an integral part of caregiving ensuring you keep them happy and keeping them in the right health and well being always.
Looking for the Perfect Caregiver
Professional caregivers include people with varying educational backgrounds such as rehabilitation therapists, home health visiting nurses, and healthcare social workers. The therapies incorporated in the elderly care program are as follows speech-language pathology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy services. Professional caregivers’ services include helping the elderly not only cope at home but thrive in familiar home environments, aiding in the recovery and the rehabilitation process.
- Reasonable Qualifications
In the quest for the perfect caregiver, you need to conduct a careful selection process before you hire one or you let an organization to do it for you. This is especially true because most caregivers do not come with a standardized licensure or certification procedure. When choosing a caregiver you must look for one
1) A caregiver who has the right credentials.
2) A caregiver must be someone with whom you can spend time with.
3) By being suitably qualified we mean that a caregiver must have the right experience and should demonstrate competency in the areas you or your loved one needs assistance. For example, a caregiver must drive a senior somewhere must possess a clean driving record. A caregiver must have the right skills backed by proper education and licensure.
A caregiver with “Guided Care” (GC) is someone who is especially suited for chronically ill older adults, a registered nurse who has completed a supplemental educational curriculum.
The caregivers with “Guided Care” help in the delivery of services for comprehensive chronic care and enhance the health and well-being of patients and their family caregivers.
- Checking for the Right Credentials and References
A caregiver must provide proof of credentials and provide better and more in-depth credentials than the usual caregiver selection process. A caregiver must take care of a lot of things such as health, safety, and privacy of the seniors in their care and must be worthy of their trust. This means that the professionals must come up with up-to-date resumes and references with the regular interviews and more often than not they also have to undergo background checks before they’re hired. Seniors are particularly vulnerable and they should only give the final nod to a caregiver who provides the right references and agrees to an in-depth interview. Good agencies must provide detailed information not only about the caregivers they hire but details about their business operations.
- Think before you decide
Choosing the right caregiver holds paramount importance. It is almost as if you are choosing your extended family. You sign on someone who is going to be with you for the rest of your life. Ensure you take considerable time before selecting the right individual caregiver or agency. Don’t hesitate to spend a lot of time before you make the ultimate decision. You not only have to spend time with that person but also someone you include in your immediate periphery, you have to get comfortable with the person, whom you never had any acquaintance previously. You may not like someone, if so, you can ask for someone else. Caregivers provide companionship benefits too. A caregiver is somebody who is amiable, somebody with whom you trust a lot, your sunshine buddy and also someone with whom you can share your saddest thoughts.
Remote monitoring Changing the Face of the Health Map
Remote monitoring is the latest buzzword in elderly care. It involves the usage of high-tech technologies to support long-distance care of patients. The monitoring aide can help monitor the health of the elderly in real-time or periodically. Remote health monitoring provides the professional caregiver, especially home healthcare nurses, to keep a constant eye on the patient’s health conditions from a distance. Such systems can keep a tab on health markers checking on vital signs, an electrocardiogram (ECG), pulse oximetry, weight, and blood glucose levels.
Data are collected monitoring a number of chronic diseases, such as hypertension, congestive heart failure, diabetes, and asthma. Technology brings healthcare providers and patients together even when they are miles apart, to enhance communication pathways remotely, make changes (in case of emergencies or otherwise) in planned behavior or diet on a real-time basis, and gauge the patients’ reactions to the changes made and act on them. Research substantiates the use of several such systems and how it has positively made a moderate, positive effect on health care outcomes on patients with specific health problems such as heart disease and psychiatric conditions.
“Most people wait for way too long before getting their loved ones the help they need. When you go to visit Mom or Dad, be a gentle detective. Open the medicine cabinets, check the fridge for moldy food, and go through that pile of unopened mail. Some red flags that they shouldn’t be left alone: a formerly tidy house that is now in disarray, unpaid bills, missed medications, bad hygiene, or inappropriate clothing (like wearing a sweater in the summer).” – Carolyn Brent, eldercare legislation advocate and author of The Caregiver’s Companion.
Do not wait for too long to get the best care for your parents. They may need help long before they grudgingly acknowledge the fact.
We, at Karmasthal, ensure your parents or your loved ones are in safe hands. One survey shows that 90% of seniors want to age in their homes as long as possible. The home acts as one’s shield in their most vulnerable moments. In an assisted care home, one may have to start afresh and may have to depend on people whom they are not comfortable with, one does not choose them rather the circumstances may choose them but at in-home care, the elderly are independent and it provides a psychological boost, drawing comfort from familiar surroundings and diligent care. We make aging-in-place a reality supported by the best of technology and humane care. Contact us today to ensure your loved ones do not only live but thrive under the best care possible