An ageing population is one of the most spoken about phenomena in the world. The old age homes in India have initiated many programs and elder health care services that have contributed to better living-conditions. These homes not only prioritize the health conditions but living as a whole. Growing old also means a deficient body mobility and lack of activities which takes a massive toll on the physical conditions of the elderly. Hence, these homes are doing an astounding job in managing the health of the elderly and increasing their activities as much as possible on a daily basis.
Below are some aids provided by the senior citizen homes
Care at Home
The concept of home care services is one of the most advantageous because it lets the elders stay at the comfort of their own home due to conditions such as deterioration of health and mobility at the same time receive the best possible treatment and medication. Studies suggest that 88% of the older citizens (above 80) suffer diseases such as Asthma, Arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and so on. There are many organisations that offer healthcare programs through mobile healthcare units that has a social worker, a doctor and a pharmacist. These units go to the residences of those elderly in need be it in cities or into the interiors of slums or villages offering treatment to the destitute elders at their domiciles.
According to studies, Cataract happens to be one of the major causes of blindness in India. The elders are majorly affected by Cataract and mostly end up facing blindness due to lack of treatment. Studies suggest that around 1.2 crore elders in India cannot afford treatment for Cataract. There are senior care organisations which provide aid to those who are suffering from Cataract by conducting Cataract surgeries in more than 21 states of India. Ever since this program has been initiated, there are more than 9 lakh elders who have recovered and restored their eyesight.
Home support for the elderly
One of the most crucial needs of the elderly in India is a roof over their heads. Elders who need home support are mostly either abandoned by families, suffering from chronic illness, destitute or have survived a natural disaster. The old age homes are doing a commendable job in making life easier for such people. These homes not only provide the elderly with a roof but other basic amenities such as adequate food, medication, clothing and so on. In India, there are 728 old age homes today out of which 95 homes are paid, 116 homes have both the facilities of paid and unpaid stay, 101 homes are only for women and 278 homes are available for the sick. Kerala has a total of 124 old age homes which is the highest than the rest of the states.
Physiotherapy for older people is extremely important because when a human body grows older, it endures many physical changes which include reduced muscle strength, stiffer joints, poor coordination, reduced bone density, increased body fat and what not. These are the health conditions that contribute to a reduced mobility and lack of balance that causes the elders to fall more often and break bones. There are many organizations which offer physiotherapy services to the elderly through stationary physiotherapy clinics, home visits and mobile services.
Over the last few years, the old age homes in India have initiated many programs that deal with elderly health care services. These programs have helped in making the lives of the elderly much easier. The motive of these organizations is to address the needs of the elders and encourage them to live a healthier, dignified and an active life.