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Geriatric Care

Geriatric care – Aging with dignity

Aging is a natural process that cannot be controlled. Each day, all people become a little bit older. After many years, old age catches up and people are no longer as strong as strong as they used to be. They start losing the functionality of some organs or senses. All these happen gradually until death. Geriatric care refers to the nursing and care or provision of necessary care to the aged population. The aim of Geriatric care is to make the aged people comfortable and give them independence even when they suffer from illnesses associated with old age. It also helps to treat or control such illnesses to increase longevity of the patient.

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The need for special care

Elderly care may be a responsibility of the family however, some elderly people may be in need of specialized care and this often results in institutionalization. Some elderly people may not have any family left to care for them and being in an institution with people their age and with the same health conditions may be a good thing for them. It is also common for aged people to be unable to self-care and perform other basic daily activities such as persona grooming. All these may make it necessary for them to be moved to a nursing home so that their needs are adequately met. Homes that are devoted to taking care of elderly people usually have geriatric professionals to treat them. A geriatrician often makes an assessment of the patient by determining if they are able to care for themselves and whether they require specialized care. They give advice on the various options that can be taken as the elderly patient is cared for. It is important that the aged people should be allowed to be independent for as long as possible before they are moved to nursing care facilities. Their freedom and independence may be all they got.

 Deceases connected to aging

Some common disorders and illnesses that set in with old include; osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, eye diseases et cetera. These illnesses alongside with the normal aging process may have effects such as failing eyesight, forgetfulness and loss of memory, delirium, inconsistencies among others. The illnesses may need specialized care to be administered as well as supervision. These illnesses may not be curable, but they could be controlled and their effects reduced to a bearable level. The sole purpose of geriatric care is to care for the needs of senior citizens by treating these illnesses and disabilities. Their unique needs are also met, and all this care is given to improve their overall health.

The history of geriatric care

The history of Geriatric care can be dated back to the 1930s in the UK. Care for the elderly has often been practiced by close family members. Since the beginning of professional geriatric care, the basic standards and primary role of care for the elderly has been upheld to date.Geriatric care spread from the UK to the US and then gradually to the rest of the world. Presently, the practice has many professional practitioners all over the world. Some countries do not however recognize Geriatric care as a profession on its own.

The development of the field

The future of Geriatric care is however uncertain especially in the developing countries. The elderly members may not be able to access medical care as needed and their health ends up deteriorating faster. Some households may be too poor to pay for the medical expenses that accompany old age diseases and some may not know how to deal with conditions that set in with age. The case is however different in developed countries that have organized groups and institutions that care for their senior citizens. These could be special homes for the elderly, nursing homes or hospices. The elderly in these institutions receive adequate medical attention and are likely to live longer. In the case where a geriatrician’s assessment sees no reason to institutionalize the patient, medical practitioners will often follow up on such cases and ensure that proper the patient gets proper care.
For a condition that is inevitable and has been known to man ever since the beginning of time, little research has been done in the field of aging and old age complications. The work that has so far been done has little research base. This is not to say that all hope is lost as scientists continue to look into the matter.