Senior care is a constantly evolving concept with many elements that impact the quality of life of older adults. Often, the biggest challenge seniors face is the lack of available options for their healthcare needs. As a result, senior citizens turn to family, friends, and professionals for help and assistance in fulfilling their personal and medical needs. The creation of elder care planning professionals has helped resolve these issues.
Elderly care, also known as eldercare, entails the fulfillment of elder's special needs and desires unique to senior citizens. This broad field includes but is not limited to, services like adult daycare, assisted living, long term care, home health care, hospice care and long-term supportive care. In addition, there are several other elder care options that fall under this broad umbrella. While each program may have different aspects, they all share a common understanding of what it means to be loved as a senior citizen.
One facet of senior care involves how to meet the personal and medical needs of seniors in a setting that affords privacy and comfort. Some caregivers work directly with seniors, while others work in an environment that provides opportunities for interaction between caregivers and their loved ones. This type of environment is called in-home caregivers. These caregivers are professionally trained to administer medical procedures and provide personalized care to seniors in their own home. Some examples of in-home caregivers include physical therapists, speech therapists, nutritionists and physicians.
Another facet of senior care involves the development of specialized care plans and services. One type of specialized plan or service is referred to as skilled nursing care. Skilled nursing care is a collaboration between nurses and doctors that involves the use of medications and techniques that are specifically trained in addressing the physical needs of seniors. There are two main types of skilled nursing care options available: home-based nursing care and adult day care or custodial care. Home-based nursing care involves providing nursing care to seniors in their own homes.
An additional aspect of senior care involves development and implementation of policies and procedures to promote continuity of care between in-home care agency and physicians and other medical health professionals. The goal of these policies and procedures is to keep older adults in their homes as much as possible. To this end, agencies establish a relationship with physicians and other medical health professionals in an effort to ensure that medical procedures are administered safely and consistently. One aspect of agency policy includes requiring all caregivers to adhere to a code of ethics and be registered with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). The purpose of this code is to prevent the possibility of professional liability and to protect the interests of the agency and its clients.
Not all senior living options involve staying in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Many communities offer a variety of living options including adult day care and respite care. These senior living options are usually managed by the facility or home health care agency that referred the client to the senior living agency. The majority of communities offer the services for free or at a reduced rate.
Many seniors do not have long term medical conditions and do not require the same level of medical care as those who do. Some seniors may only require minimal assistance with daily activities such as getting dressed or eating. Often, seniors with this type of situation can take advantage of a variety of HHCAs (Home Health Caregivership). The Florida OIR does have information on several companies that provide this type of service. The Internet can be a good source of this type of specialized information. If you prefer to speak directly with a licensed medical health professional, then you will need to contact your local licensing board and/or the state department of health.
As you can see, there are several ways that you can care for your aging family member without assistance. It is important that you take the time to consider all options before moving forward. With a little planning, it is possible for you and your loved one to maintain their quality of life for many years to come!