How To Care For Your Parents From A Distance
Taking care of aging parents from distance is not only difficult but also is a cause of concern for many working professionals not only living abroad but also in a different city as their parents in India.
Parents may require care or help during temporary health situation like surgery or even a chronic health condition. Other family members and relatives may step in at this time and help out for a while but most of the time they may have to leave before the patient recovers completely. India Home Healthcare provides reliable and coordinated care which is tailored to the patient’s requirement. The staff, not only stay in touch with the physician or surgeon, but also with the family members to update the progress of the patient. The online patient portal which gets updated regularly lets the family members anywhere to log in and follow the progress of the patient. This can also be used to take any second opinions if needed.
Parents who have been active, healthy and working towards our well being all their life either at a job or taking care of family, show a change in their health status soon after retirement or once they ‘think’ they are getting old. This is sometimes called ‘empty nester’s syndrome’ where the parents start showing these symptoms when the family members (children) move out of the house and start setting up their own families abroad or even in a different city in India. The psychological factors of well being in old age are overlooked easily even by the family members.
Depression due to loneliness and decreased sociability in old age is real and may have significant effect on the health status. Even when there is no clear diagnosis of depression, it will affect the individual’s health more than we can imagine. According to a study conducted by Singh and Misra in 2009 on 55 elderly people, there is direct relationship between loneliness and old age depression.
India Home Health care provides care givers who provide companionship to the elderly patients, not only to keep them active and alert but also help them overcome activities which are difficult for them like evening walk to the park. These activities are needed to re-integrate them back in to the community and maintain the quality of life they deserve and want. The care givers also help to maintain a healthy diet plan and monitor even commonly found and commonly neglected disorders like hypertension and diabetes which are usually the risk factors for many diseases in elderly.
India Home Health Care also provides monthly care plans which include regular doctor visits, nurse, dietitian and physical therapist visits every month to prevent and detect any disorders in the early stages.
Aging surely involves many degenerative processes, but it need not include diseases. Adjusting to the changes that accompany old age require flexibility and new coping skills. India Home Healthcare helps not only the parents in the aging process but also family members who can be reassured that their parents are in the best hands.
Singh, A., Misra, N (2009) Loniliess, depression and sociability in old age: Industrial Psychiatry Journal. Jan-Jun; 18(1): 51-55. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3016701/