It has been estimated that in just a few decades, the elderly will outnumber children in most parts of the world. With all of the scientific advancements in the health field, people are becoming stronger, healthier, and living longer. Because of this, Aged Care – a growing industry, has also improved to suit the needs of today’s senior citizens.
In days past, the thoughts of nursing home living were met with horror, especially by the older citizens. Stories of inadequate and sub-standard care surfaced everywhere. Patients planted in these facilities were often neglected by family, who thought (if family ever gave them a thought) they were being cared for in a proper manner. They were unaware of the lack of nutritious food and even, at times, required medications. This is not usually the case today.
When the grandma and grandpa pass away, the knowledge they have accumulated over the decades of their lives will go with them. The history they lived through, hopefully, will have been handed down to the children and grandchildren in the form of written auto-biographies.
Living with three generations under one roof can be both stressful and extremely joyful. Grandchildren benefit greatly when they are close to their grandparents. AS long as health care issues are general and not major, it seems to be good for all. When personal mental or physical health issues become greater than the family can handle, there is the option of hiring professional help to assist.
If all else fails, the modern senior health care centers are a far cry form the supposed hell-holes of the far past. Rooms are bright and cheery, all staff is dedicated to the more than adequate care of these folks and dietary staff cooks with the needs of the older citizens in mind. Residents are treated kindly, and medical as well as personal care, is always available.
Seniors have been seen in the last several years to be driving the economy. Home care is thriving, with aides coming in on a schedule to assist with whatever it is the elderly folks need. Sometimes it is health related, but often, just to help with house work. Meals are often delivered to those who are not able to cook for themselves. The residential care centers provide a needed option other than staying at home.
Because of the present and future needs of senior citizens, Aged Care – a growing industry, will continue to be healthy. The options for care of the elderly will most likely be expanded as time goes by and innovations continue to be developed.