Elderly care, or simply eldercare is the fulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens. This broad term encompasses such services as assisted living, adult day care, long term care, nursing homes, hospice care, and home care. Because of the wide variety of elderly care found globally, as well as differentiating cultural perspectives on elderly citizens, the subject cannot be limited to any one practice. For example, many countries in Asia use government-established elderly care quite infrequently, preferring the traditional methods of being cared for by younger generations of family members.
How to do Home Care for the Elderly?
Considering the characteristics of elderly patients with different young people, especially those who are post-hospital care still need help for recovery, perform assessments and provide care for the elderly at home there are specific things that must be considered. In general, elderly patients (geriatric) needed a special assessment which includes a variety of components referred to as Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) or Session Approach to Geriatric Patients (P3G).
The components that must be assessed at the time geriatric care home is:
1. Physical condition of medical
2. Mental status and cognitive
3. functional status
4. nutritional Status
5. The use of drugs
6. social support
7. Assessment of the safety and security of home / environment
As already mentioned above, elderly health care in the home should be done by the health workers who are equipped with the principles of a comprehensive and interdisciplinary care. A doctor or nurse who does elderly care in the home, due to the limitations often come alone, had established itself as a member and serves as the representative of an interdisciplinary team.