Problems of old age
Unsurprisingly, people in nursing homes have more disabilities than those in the house. A type of disability when performing daily activities or ADL is the most common primary reason for living in a nursing home. More than 80% of nursing home residents need help with at least three personal activities: cooking, dressing, and bathing. About 90% of residents who can walk also need assistance or supervision. More than half of residents cannot control their bowels or bladder, and more than a third have difficulty hearing or seeing.
In addition to physical problems, psychological conditions are expected in nursing home residents. Dementia is the most common problem and affects about 50 to 70% of the population. More than 75% of nursing home residents have difficulty making daily decisions, and two-thirds have difficulty remembering.
At least 30% of these residents have behavioural problems. These behaviours may include verbal/physical abuse, inappropriate behaviour with people, resistance to necessary care, and confusion. Communication problems are also common. Nearly half of nursing home residents have difficulty understanding others. Depression is another condition that affects the residents of these centers.
The length of stay in nursing homes varies greatly. About 25% of the people who live in these houses stay only for a short time (3 months or less). Many people who remain short are hospitalized for rehabilitation or the last months of their lives. About half of the residents spend at least one year there, and 21% of them live there for about five years. Interestingly, performance improves in most residents who stay longer.
Reasons for living in a nursing home
- Age: The likelihood of hospitalization in a nursing home increases with age. For example, about 15% of people 85 years old live in a nursing home, but only 1.1% of people 65-74 years old live there.
- Low Income: A nursing home supports people with poor financial status, especially if they have no spouse or children.
- Low social activity
- Functional or mental problems
Characteristics of nursing homes
Orphanages increasingly provide medical services similar to those offered in hospitals after surgery, illness, or other sudden medical problems. Older adults need more care. Medical services in nursing homes vary widely but usually include the following:
- Skilled nurse care
- Orthopedic care (care for muscle, joint, and bone problems)
- Postoperative physical support
- Speech Therapy
- Intravenous therapy and antibiotics
- Wound care
Nursing homes provide nutrition counselling, social work, leisure activities, and end-of-life care.
How to choose a nursing home
The retiree or family members should visit a nursing home as much as possible to gain overall confidence in the quality of care at the center. A checklist can help you evaluate quality, the scope of service, convenience, and cost. Your visit may take an hour to meet with receptionists, nursing home managers, and social workers. Remember that no nursing home is complete and probably will be very different from the current life situation of the elderly.
Here are some features that Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence offers to make your choice easier. These amenities and helpers for the elderly include:
- All facilities (including heating, air conditioning, electricity, etc.) are at the disposal of dear residents.
- Three delicious daily meals are served in the dining room.
- Housekeeping services are provided daily.
- Weekly washing of bed and bath sheets, in addition to personal laundry services, is done if the elderly wish.
- There is an emergency response system in every room.
- Specialists perform maintenance of private rooms, common areas, and land.
- 24-hour security monitoring is in place throughout the center.
- Scheduled transportation to shops, parks, concerts, museums, theatres, and restaurants is part of the center’s services.
- A local management team that oversees all services.
- Skilled staff is available 24 hours a day.
- Appropriate snacks are provided to residents during the day.
- A daily program of organized social activities, cultural programs, and live entertainment will be held regularly.
- Environmental and personal cleaning is done periodically.
- The medication schedule is well managed.
Contact us to visit Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence.