CARING FOR THE ELDERLY IN OUR NURSING HOMES
It can be challenging caring for the elderly. This challenge can be even more significant if the elderly you are caring for is also resistant to care.
This resistance to elderly care could be triggered by a number of factors. Firstly you have to remember that if your loved one is in need of elderly care then they are at a stage of their lives when they have to cope with their own challenges – for example physical loss, mental loss, or loss of independence.
This can be difficult for them to accept, and they could also be facing the challenge that they might think it is a sign of weakness to accept elderly care. They may feel angry at having to accept elderly care, guilty or confused as they might not understand they need help.
When providing elderly care there are a number of considerations you have to bear in mind.
As we get older we are increasing the likelihood of getting ill, and less tolerant leaving us susceptible to stress. This means that elderly care needs to plan for the possibility of illness from environmental toxins, infections, accidents, and stress.
Many older people are healthy and active. However, science shows that our body biologically starts to slow from the age of 35 onwards and it is estimated that we start to lose our organs’ functions at an approximate rate of 1% per year. This often results in:
- decreased height (vertebral compression and increased kyphosis)
- decreased weight, over age 80
- increased fat to lean-body ratio
- decreased water content in body
These biological and behavioural changes do not mean that elderly care is a must, but appreciating what happens as we get older will help us be informed of the best approaches to elderly care and treatment.
FirstCare has been providing the highest standards of elderly care for over 14 years. We have nursing homes across Ireland staffed by fully trained nurses to care for the frail and elderly with years of experience in dealing with the challenges of caring for the elderly, and training in dementia care.
If you would like to find out more, or book a visit, please feel free to contact us. You can also read more about each home by visit Our Nursing Homes section.