What is Aged Care (eldercare)?
Eldercare, or senior care, is the specific care intended to satisfy senior citizens’ demands and requirements at different stages. It’s a suggestive term including everything from supported living and nursing care to adult day care, home care, and even hospice care. Ageing in itself is not a cause to consider elder care. Still, the various illnesses and physical limitations alongside old age lead to a discussion on eldercare.
Care is not always needed; some senior citizens never ask for any type of care and can live independently in their later years. However, elder care usually becomes a concern when a loved one struggles to safely and independently perform their daily activities. This may involve cooking, cleaning, shopping, dressing, bathing, driving, taking medication, etc. An overall decline in health is usually the reason to begin elder care, as it may show the inability to handle daily activities independently.
Senility usually comes on gradually, and you can observe its effect when a person who usually remembers to take medication on time is now having trouble doing so.
Losing eyesight may indicate your loved one is slowly losing the ability to move safely around the house, or advanced arthritis may suggest they are having issues getting in and out of the bathtub without help. You might also require eldercare very fast if your loved one is recovering from a broken hip or recently suffered from a stroke and is still experiencing the cognitive or physical effects.