A society is measured by how much it cares for its elders. And, as much as ageing boosts wisdom and knowledge, it also limits a person’s physical and mental abilities. Being part and parcel of the life cycle, ageing remains to be a fact of life and affects everyone. For the younger generation, comprehending how the ageing of the elderly may affect us can be a bit challenging. Especially when it gets to the point where a senior might require long term care. However, with the right schemes in place, giving support to our elderly society can be easy and achievable.
Below are schemes that can help us a society to show support for the elderly.
- Assistance in The Provision of Daily Living Activities
As you may know, ageing is characterized by a reduction in the physical prowess of an individual. As a result, they may be unable to carry out activities of daily living. As a society, we can chip in and assist in providing these services. They include assisting in;
- Personal hygiene such as brushing, shaving, and grooming.
Factors such as mental health issues can make it hard for the elderly to do the above on their own. This is why society needs to implement schemes that will have the young generation to help seniors with the above.
- Comfortable Living Arrangements
Living arrangements are also an essential consideration that has to be made when looking to offer support to the elderly? We need to ask ourselves, who are they living with? Are they getting proper care at home or in nursing homes?
The elderly have several options when it comes to living arrangements. They can age at home and get support from family members. Alternatively, there are independent living communities for the aged that have all the features they need, such as gyms, housekeeping services, social activities, and meals. For the elderly that require medical care, they can reside in nursing homes where they get 24/7 medical support.
- Financial Support
The good news when it comes to financial aid is that the government is doing a commendable job. The elderly get access to financial support from the government to cater for their living as well as medical expenses – just like the Fair Deal Scheme. However, it is not all elderly citizens are aware of this program. It is our role as the community to assist them to get financial support. That doesn’t end there. The elderly also need assistance in managing their savings and retirement funds.
- Support Groups
Support groups are also excellent schemes that can help support our elderly society. Irrespective of whether it is government or privately sponsored, enrolling that older adult near you can be quite helpful. Not only will they get monetary benefits, but they will have access to lots of resources such as medical and living assistance.
- Disability Schemes
Old age can also bring about hearing, seeing, and speech problems. The numerous disability schemes in place offer medical assistance to elders at little or no cost. Making it easier for them to get help with such disabilities that are caused by old age. Additionally, public healthcare systems have also embraced disability schemes designed to offer support to the elderly. If there is a senior citizen, you know that is having disability problems. You can help them to join such a scheme and get support for their condition.
The bottom line is, at one point in our lives, we have all assumed a caregiver role. Thanks to the above five schemes, we can all offer support to the elderly. Remember, you don’t have to live with them to provide support. There are lots of ways on how you can help out. Also, for those living with the elderly, you should know that this is not a responsibility to bear alone. Ask for support from family, friends as well as professionals to help the elderly age well and happily.