Elderly care emphasizes the social and personal requirements of older people who need some assistance with daily activities and health care, but who desire to age with dignity. It is an important distinction, in that the design of housing, activities, employee training and such should be truly customer- entered.
Avon Park Care Home understands that according to recent Government publications there are 10 million people in the UK over 65 years old. The latest projections are for 5½ million more elderly people in 20 years time and the number will have nearly doubled to around 19 million by 2050.
Within this total, there are currently three million people aged more than 80 years and this is projected to almost double by 2030 and to reach eight million by 2050.
Elderly Care- older people are more likely to use health services. In one hospital, a recent one day census of patents in medical beds found the average age was 82 years old, with 10 per cent of patients over 90.
Avon Park Care Home understands that advancing age is also associates with frailty-a useful term that describes the state of ‘limited functional reserves’ or ‘failure to integrate responses in the face of stress’
Frail older people are likely to have multiple co-morbidities, polypharmacy, sensory and cognitive impairment-all of which are associated with an increased incidence of healthcare-associated harms’.
Elder Care seeks to minimize the effect of this harm, which is likely to be more severe since a characteristic of frailty is that relativity small injuries can result in devastating physiological, social or functional effects.
This complexity means that there are unique challenges in designing safe systems of elderly care for frail older people.
Promoting independence in Elderly Care
Promoting independence in Elderly Care can provide older people with the capability to maintain independence longer and can leave them with a sense of achievement when they complete a task unaided. It is important for cares to ensure that measures are put in to place to preserve and promote function rather than contribute to a decline in status in an older adult that has physical limitations.
Improving mobility in Elderly Care. Avon Park Care Home believe that impaired mobility is a major health concern for older people, affecting 50% of people over 85 and at least a quarter of those over 75. As adults lose the ability to walk, to climb stairs, and to rise from a chair, they become completely disabled.
Therapy designed to improve mobility in elderly care patients is usually built around diagnosing and treating specific impairments, such as reduced strength or poor balance.
Guide to Social Services for Elderly Care
Avon Park Care Home the question we are asked frequently is how to go about getting help for an elderly loved one. There are a wide variety of social care services available, primarily they are there to support Elderly Care. The type of service your relative will get will depend on their needs, which will be assessed by a social worker via a referral from their GP.
Here are a few tips from Avon Park Care Home Southampton, Hampshire:
Before you have an assessment, try to think about the specific problems your older relative has and what they need to that would improve their quality of life.
Social Services will include help with:
Specific equipment to move around the home
Assistive technology items to help around the home
At home care
Care home services if required
Day care centres
Avon Park Care Home understands that you may be able to claim attendance Allowance if your ability keep safe or look after your own personal care is affected by physical or mental illness or disability.
Attendance Allowance has 2 weekly rates, and the rate you get depends on the help you need. You’ll get:
£55.10 if you need help in the day or at night
£82.30 if you need help both day and night
These rates apply from April 2015 to April 2016
Attendance Allowance won’t reduce other income.
Avon Park Care Home further understands that claiming Attendance Allowance won’t reduce any other income you receive, and it’s tax-free. If you are awarded it, you may become entitled to other benefits, such as Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction. or an increase in these benefits.
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