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A Home For The Elders

In many cultures and communities around the world, there is a lot of resistance to the idea of an elders’ home. This is especially true of traditional Asian and African cultures where respect for the elderly and elders is a dominant building block of society and anyone who cannot take care of their parents is seen as a failure. However, society is changing rapidly and such homes are becoming more and more common. Here are some of the reasons why this may not be such a bad idea.

The Time of Day

As society gets busier and busier, time is of increasing value. When most people don’t even have time to themselves, it is just that much harder to find time for aged care. They come home at 10 or 11pm (or not at all) and then have to rush back to work next morning. In such circumstances, a specialized home with people who are dedicated to looking after the elderly is a good thing.

Leg Room

Our houses used to be much bigger a few decades ago and there were at least 3 bedrooms: one for the parents, one for the grandparents and one for kids. Today, few of us are lucky enough to have big houses; most live in apartments and they just do not have space for their aging parents. While most old folk do not move about much, cramped living quarters are still a bad idea for their health. They need plenty of ventilation and some peace as well – a view of building upon building won’t help.

Special Needs

As humans get older they are increasingly at risk of getting non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, cirrhosis, and Alzheimer’s. In each case, they need specialized diets and procedures that will help them with their daily routine. Dementia care is actually a significant reason why many people choose to allow their parents to live in a home for the elderly. There are nurses who are trained and know all the danger signs of these diseases and can keep an eye on them much better than we can.

Community and Companionship

More than anything else, old people need companionship. If it’s like-minded people, then all the better but they will still be stimulated by young people too. Back in the day, every generation would live together in a big old house and cross-interactions would occur frequently. Today however, families live separately, only seeing each other at mealtimes and old people are frequently left to their own devices. In a home, they would have contemporaries to talk to and plenty of activities to keep themselves busy and engaged in life.

Thus, a home for elders is not as bad as it seems as it allows them to make friends, have time to spend with them, be taken care of especially and have plenty of space.

Things To Keep In Mind When Visiting A Loved One

Generally, it may feel hard to visit our friends and family suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. You may find it hard to figure out that it doesn’t appear as though you’re being recognized, or believe that your loved one won’t significantly remember that you were even there. Be that as it may, research state that those with dementia can in fact gain few benefits from your visit; they may appreciate being with others and may feel it when you don’t visit as frequently as you used to. However, managing and talking to a loved one suffering from dementia can be pretty easy, particularly if you remember these tips. Go here http://www.carinyasociety.org.au/pages/respite-care.html  for more information about respite care.

Don’t expect too much

When you set yourself up to visit your loved one at the nursing home or a disability care center, keep in mind that the chances of your loved one recognizing or remembering you is extremely limited, or could even be showing frustrating or challenging behaviors. Get to know what times of the day he or she may feel better, as more often than not there are sure circumstances where they might be more stressed and on confused, and plan your visit accordingly. Also once you visit, introduce yourself rather than waiting your loved one to recognize you. 

Do something they like

Going through old photographs with a dear one is not only a pleasure, but it in addition, can ignite happy memories in those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Seeming familiar faces can soothe your dear one and this could even encourage them to narrate a sorry behind a photo. If your dear one is suffering from acute dementia or Alzheimer’s, communicating may not be so easy. In such a case, bring a book she or he used to come and read few pages. Or is possible, make a play list of his or her favorite songs and play it out. This can even help the success of disability support services and treatments your loved one is already undergoing.

Speak clearly

When trying to have a conversation try to remain respectful and avoid treating them like a child. Always remember to speak clearly and slowly, and repeat yourself if required. Give them their own time to respond and avoid bombarding them with questions all at once. Also try to minimize distraction when you visit. Switch off the TV and turn off the radio. Make sure the surrounding is peaceful and calm. Your loved one may not feel so comfortable in a busy loud room.

Keep in mind, regardless of the possibility that your loved one no longer remembers you, your visit alone can be pleasant and calming.