In the United States alone, 20% of the population will be made up of older adults by the year 2030. Many of these older adults will not be surrounded by immediate family and concern for their care and wellbeing will be quite high.
It is a relatively new phenomenon to have older family members be separated from their children and grandchildren as they are in the American culture of today. For many other countries around the world, senior adults are cared for in the homes of their grown up children who have remained close to the place where they were raised. In the United States, this is rarely the case.
Despite the distances, we want to be able to know the 24/7 status of our older adults. Thankfully, the senior care industry in the United States has developed technologies that make it possible for that kind of care to take place. Seniors all around the country are finding senior living facilities to be not only top-notch medical institutions but comfortable and enjoyable places to live.
Many older adults are living with chronic medical conditions and fighting disease. Finding a place to receive the proper care is a great relief to everyone in the family, whether they live close or far away. Being able to treat patients with an intramuscular injection needle or aid their walking with walking support devices makes a senior living facility a much better option than having a senior living at home where the tendency for accidents is greater.
Urinary incontinence increases from roughly 14% in adults in their late 60s to 45% when seniors move into their later 80s. It is much easier on the older adult to have care readily available should they need nu fit diapers, nu fit briefs or a change of a mattress protector sometime during the night.
Administering such things as an intramuscular injection needle can require an experienced person to do the job. If nothing else, the peace of mind for the senior is much greater when they know their medication and other injections are being given properly and on time. An intramuscular injection needle is not something that can be done easily if one is not experienced in giving injections.
If you have an older adult who will need care in the near future and decide against having them live in a facility, having them in your home is certainly an option and one that is getting easier to make happen. Make sure you know everything you will need to care for your loved one properly. Reaching out to in-home care aids can make life easier for everyone.
Ording the proper equipment and services beforehand, such as medical walkers, different types of bedpans, disposable mattress pads and the like, will ease the transition for you and your loved one, making the transition from living alone to living with you much more smooth.