Modern medicine is developing in leaps and bounds, and new technologies are constantly being invented and designed to help keep people in their communities and their homes for as long and as comfortably possible.
There has been a massive shift in perspective in the last fifteen years when considering the fundamental purpose behind aged care. The focus has moved from nursing homes and hospitals to assisted living, family care and community support. It indicates that there is an active interest in holistic wellbeing, rather than treatment of symptoms.
What does it look like?
The societal view of aging has changed drastically over the past few decades. The aging Australian population is easily acknowledged as contributing, functional and valuable members of society. By looking after the wellbeing of the elderly in the community, they are able to continue to contribute and thrive.
Community groups are often a good place for this. People are able to gather together in groups based on similar interests. Gardening, walking, bird-watching, and board-games to name a few. With their wealth of lived experiences, elderly members of the community often find themselves drawn to leadership roles within these groups, where they can share their knowledge and skills with younger, less experienced members.
It’s Happening With Holistics
Many studies have shown that care that focuses on quality of life, even in the absence of specific disorders and ailments, actually works to prevent the development of disease and disorder. Not just through regular exercise, but through mental stimulation and social engagement. Community care is becoming increasingly popular, allowing older generations to remain in the community where they can contribute and, as a result, thrive in ways that most appeal to them.
The Checklist of Change
While modern facilities are constantly striving to improve both comforts and care for patients, there is still a vested interest in the community to avoid hospitalization unless absolutely necessary to sustain the best possible quality of life.
In some places, older people are actively encouraged to work casually, or else teach and get involved in community activities. Beyond this, families are able to receive training that allows them to look after relatives that would otherwise struggle with the day-to-day activities of independent living.
With the right tools and skills, elderly people are able to stay with their families and communities as long as possible.
There is absolutely no doubt that the elderly population has plenty to offer, and it is in the best interest of all involved to assist them in maintaining their independence. From lessening the pressure placed on caregivers to increase the quality of life for elderly people both now and in the future, the benefits offered by this increased focus on wellbeing and independence offers widespread benefits. While assistance is necessary, community care is the way in which it is balanced with the most possible autonomy for the individual.