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The New Face Of Compassionate Care For Our Elders

For India, which prides on its ancient traditions, modernity has brought with it many life-changing developments. One of these is the slow but sure transition of the country’s traditional joint family system into nuclear families. One disturbing fallout is its adverse impact on due care and attention provided to our elders when they fall sick. This is despite all our love and affection towards elders we have had for generations.

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When any elder of the family falls sick, our first reaction is to take them to a hospital. Elongated hospital stays require a family member to accompany the patient at all hours. Hence, daily lives of all family members are disrupted with the family elder’s hospitalization. Working members often have to stay back. The entire family’s daily routine is disrupted. In many cases, even the hospitalized elder senses this and feels like a burden on the family, resulting into additional mental stress. Add to it, the cost of treatment and hospitalisation, and things get more complicated.

Caring for elder patients in the comfort of their home is emerging as a solution to this problem. The concept of home healthcare is not new. Often families employ maids and manservants as caregivers for the elderly and the sick. But they lack the professional knowledge and expertise required to take proper care for the sick. Untrained and unqualified caregivers fail at even conversing adequately with the bedridden elders. Substandard care provided by maids or manservants is found uncomfortable by the elders which often makes them irritated, miserable and even leads to deterioration of their health.

Overcoming these challenges, professional home healthcare providers are organizing the segment by providing compassionate medical expertise in the comfort of patients’ homes. Leaders of home healthcare industry have invested in world class training of their nursing staff and medical attendants to make them competent to take care of the sick and bedridden elders. They are even providing services of ICU trained nurses and clinical staff at patients’ homes to ensure highest quality of care. By offering companionship care, the players have added the much-needed compassion in providing care. The recent viral video of home healthcare staff dancing to cheer a bedridden elder patient underlines the role of compassion to ensure best physical and mental comfort and care for the patient.

Today, home healthcare solution providers are also offering adult day care services for the elderly. Along with senior-friendly home setups, wearable devices like fall-detectors and smart-watches for ensuring safety of elderlies are being fast adopted. These new services have helped patients recover in the fastest possible time and made terminally ill patients’ remaining days as comfortable as possible. Such expert care of the patient at home ensures the entire family’s economic, mental and physical wellbeing.

For those torn between the love for their sick elders and constraints of a nuclear family and work schedules, professional home healthcare providers are the perfect solution, as they provide dependable, expert, and compassionate care to the sick/bedridden elders at an affordable cost.

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Dr. Gaurav Thukral

The author is a medical doctor by qualification and the Chief Operating Officer of HealthCare atHOME , India’s leading home healthcare solution providers.

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