Saturday, May 3, 2008

Caregiving for seniors

Whether our seniors require eldercare in the home, or in Long-Term Care, there are many issues that provide a barrier to successful transition from independent to dependent living. If we keep our seniors at home, they are happier, and often healthier, but more at risk psychologically, socially, physically and emotionally. Caregivers themselves run the risk of burnout. Some profit and non-profit agencies provide respite or day away programs for senior care. This alleviates the burden or providing the quality of care that our seniors deserve. In many cases, however, if outside agencies are accessed to recruit homecare support, we run the risk of hiring people who are untrained and unlicensed in caring for those with complex morbidities, exacerbated by complications of complex prescriptions, physiotherapies, emotional complications of dementia or other biopsychosocial issues.

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