OLD AGE SUPPORT
“One loses, as one grows older, something of the lightness of one’s dreams; one begins to take life up in both hands, and to care more for the fruit than the flower, and that is no great loss perhaps.” ― W.B. Yeats
Henria Unique Education Centre (HUEC) fills that when you have a senior citizen (or more) at home, it becomes imperative that you make an extra effort to ensure that their daily needs are taken care of. With aging comes a natural decline in physical and mental abilities, so it is essential that senior citizens feel at ease and at home
The terms ‘senior home care services’ or ‘home care services for the elderly’ are words very commonly used in western Culture, but the trend is catching up here in India. If you are amongst those who have parents or grandparents living at home or in a separate residence, you might want to consider equipping them with certain gadgets, devices, appliances and support aids that can help them do their daily tasks independently.
Elderly Women Need Special Attention
Women and men age differently. Both have their concerns. The problems of elderly women are exacerbated by a lifetime of gender based discrimination, often stemming from deep-rooted cultural and social bias. It is compounded by other forms of discrimination based on class, caste, disability, illiteracy, unemployment and marital status. Patriarchal hierarchy and access to property rights are also discriminatory. Burdened with household chores for a longer span of time compared to older men, older women don‟t have time for leisure or recreational activity. Women experience proportionately higher rates of chronic illness and disability in later life than men. Women suffer greater non-communicable diseases and experience lower social and mental health status, especially if they are single and/or widowed. Over 50% of women over age 80 are widows. Elderly women and their problems need special attention as their numbers are likely to increase in the future and, given the multiple disadvantages they face in life, they are likely to be grossly unprepared to tackle these issues.
Rural Poor Need Special Attention
Many households in rural areas at the bottom of the income distribution in India are too poor to save for their old age. Available resources are used to meet daily consumption needs. Even at slightly higher income levels there is likely to be little demand for savings and pension instruments that require a commitment of several decades. Instead, the savings of households in the lower deciles of the income distribution are likely to be earmarked for self-insurance against emergencies; or perhaps, in short term investments that increase their own productivity or the productivity of their children. Liquidity is highly valued. The absolute poor in India cannot be expected to participate in long term savings schemes for old age and they do not. The poverty in rural areas for older persons is increasing and needs attention. Hence rural poor would need social security in large measure.
Caring for a parent can feel overwhelming because you’re not sure exactly what needs to be done. To solve that problem, take a step back to understand how much help your parent needs with everyday life.
Think about 8 key areas:
- Family support
- Home safety
- Medical needs
- Cognitive health
- Personal hygiene
- Meal preparation
- Social interaction
How much support are they already getting in each category and how much help do they realistically need to stay safe and healthy? Before you make the assumption that you can take care of all your parent’s needs by yourself, stop and think about your own situation and abilities. Questions myself the below –
- Does your health allow you to physically care for someone?
- Do you live close enough to visit as often as needed?
- Would you want to live with them, either in their house or yours?
- Do you have the kind of relationship that allows you to spend a lot of time together without creating a lot of negative feelings on either side?
- Do you have the personality to provide the type of care they need?
- Are you willing to learn how to provide that care?
We want our parents to be safe and healthy. And it’s not selfish or heartless if you’re not the best person to personally provide that care.
Henria Unique Education Centre (HUEC) always trying to support old age people in Rural Village by established an “ Old Age Home” . Our Charities activities may derive additional funding from sources such as statutory agencies, charity appeals, legacies, and income from charity shops by Old age Person . Surplus funds are used to support residents’ housing, health and well-being programmes, and for the development of new villages to meet growing national demand.
We Shall Extra Care housing usually involves provision of:
- Purpose-built, accessible housing design
- Safety and security controlled entry to the building
- Fully self-contained properties, where occupants have their own front doors, and legal status as tenants with security of tenure
- Tenants have the right to control who enters their home
- Office space for use by staff serving the scheme (and sometimes the wider community)
- Some communal spaces and facilities
- Access to care and support services 24 hours per day
- Support to medical treatment on 24 hours basic.
- Support to well delicious & hygienic Food supply on Routine Basic.
- Community alarms and other assistive technologies.
Henria Unique Education Centre (HUEC) hopes that all activities will be charitable and try to achieve the same as Social Responsibility.