Elder Care

5 Importance of Elderly Care Services

Society today has been experiencing a shift in demographics with an increase in the aging population. The importance of elderly care services has become quite significant over the years. These services have been designed to enhance the well-being of their aging years.
1) It helps promote the physical well-being.
Elderly care services can play a pivotal role in maintaining good physical health. An aging person may face several issues in terms of health. They may suffer from mobility issues and other health issues. Trained professional caregivers can help the elderly in overcoming these issues rather effectively. Elderly care services provide regular health monitoring, medication management, and assistance with daily activities.
2) These services promote mental well-being
Elderly care services can also promote the emotional well-being of the elderly. This can include providing them with emotional support, companionship, and mental stimulation. Loneliness, often experienced in old age, can have a severe impact on mental well-being. Caregivers can engage the elders in meaningful activities, encourage social interactions, and provide a listening ear, fostering a positive and emotionally nurturing environment. An excellent emotional and mental health can go a long way in promoting the best physical health.
3) It retains independence
Elderly care ensures that the elders are able to retain their dignity and self-worth by staying independent in their daily activities. The caregivers need to balance between providing assistance only where needed and preserving autonomy where needed. This will ensure that the elder citizens are able to participate in their daily activities as independently as possible. This contributes to self- esteem.
4) It helps prevent being left out
Elder citizens are likely to feel left out. The feeling can cause issues like loneliness and depression. Caregivers can offer different means to address this issue. They can plan outings, and make them engage in conversations. Elders can also be made to indulge in community activities. This will help elders towards better mental stimulation. The trick lies in making the elderly feel that they are still loved.
5) It can help relieve the family burden.
Many a times even if families love their Elderly loved ones, they may not be able to balance the caregiving responsibilities due to their personal commitments and own work. Caregivers offer the much-needed respite for the family members in this context. The family can be assured that their loved ones are receiving the optimum care that they deserve. This can let the family members maintain a healthy balance between their responsibilities and personal work.
The importance of elderly care services cannot be overlooked in todayโ€™s society. These services go beyond just providing assistance in daily activities. They become part of a holistic approach in terms of senior care. The elderly care services focus on addressing physical, emotional, and mental well- being. As we move ahead in a collective approach towards a better life for senior citizens, choosing the elderly care services is much essential. But when choosing the right service provider, make sure that you are choosing a service provider who has the best track record in offering the right sort of elder care services.
Down Memory Lane

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Our member Dr. S. Kishore reminisces the days of Chatra, Jharkhand when she enjoyed her stay amidst the unprecedented beauty of the wilderness. She shares some unforgettable moments of that time.
In the heart of Chatra, Jharkhand, my father served as the District Magistrate, and was allotted a bungalow to stay surrounded by untamed wilderness. The absence of boundaries invited a diverse array of wild visitorsโ€”tigers, leopards, bears, hounds, deer etc. Inside the house was no less with the presence of five sturdy dogs which were fed promptly at 5 or 6 in the evening. As the sun dipped, tigers frequented the nearby lake, their roars alerting the vigilant servants of their presence. To protect our dogs from leopards and tigers, they were ushered inside after their evening meals. Unfortunately, one evening, a lapse led to the tragic loss of one dog. Its skin was later discovered hanging from a tree branch by local adivasis indicating that it was taken stealthily by a leopard.
The surrounding jungle, adorned with an array of vibrant flowers and fruits, etched memories that lingered. We went to gather mushrooms from the jungle which my mother could identify very well. She used to instruct me about which to pick and which one not to. My mother, devoid of modern conveniences like gas, had mastered the art of culinary finesse on a mud oven fueled by coal. From baking cakes to crafting homemade jam and even concocting chocolate from local resources, her culinary prowess was unmatched. At times my cousins also used to visit. I had a number of cousins and we had a splendid time together in the wonderful bungalow. We all relished the food that my mother made.
I also remember an incident when in the wild enclave, adversity struck. While enjoying in thepristine backdrop I fell from a tree branch resulting in a leg injury. With no local medical facilities, my fathers friend, enroute to a hunt, intervened, advising a journey to Patna Medical College for treatment. It was a pivotal moment that set me on the path to becoming a doctor, eventually studying at the very institution that mended my childhood injury.