In Time, More People will Need Interactive Senior Care in Houston

By 2060, more than one in five Americans will be 65 or older, according to U.S. Census projections.” This was probably the most important bit of information that Scoop San Diego gave in an article published last November 21, 2013. In the past, nursing homes were the main option for families who wanted to care for their elders. Much has changed since then, and elder care centers have expanded to provide specific services that were originally found in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and the like.

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However, there are people who still think that their beloved elderly shouldn’t be separated from their families, even during their twilight years. With that in mind, Comfort Keepers of Sugar Land, one of the leading providers of senior care in Houston, Texas, offers an effective alternative known as ‘Interactive Caregiving’.

This type of care assists senior citizens in their everyday routines but not in such a way that they’re confined to their bed or home at all times. On the contrary, Interactive Caregiving encourages them to lead active lives and improve their physical, mental, and emotional health; for instance, seniors are still encouraged to go out and buy groceries with their caregivers as this is an opportunity for them to interact, exercise, and generally be happy about themselves.

This approach is an answer to the lack of personalized elder care in the country, in which seniors are essentially treated as hospital patients who are entirely dependent on their caregivers even when they’re still in the condition to look after themselves. Indeed, this was one of the greatest criticisms of elder care in general until more specialized services were introduced. Even then, some aspects of elderly care (like empathy) were sometimes ignored for the sake of medical treatments, especially if the elders in question suffered from dementia or Alzheimer’s. According to Dr. Amy D’Aprix, about 44 percent of caregivers who are responsible for these people’s well-being are emotionally-detached from their charge.

These shortcomings can be attributed to the fact that, demographically speaking, the elderly are only a tiny fraction of the US population. That will surely change once more and more of the Baby Boomers reach retirement age. Ideally, Houston senior care services, much like those in other American cities, should know how to handle the emotional and social aspects of the job. The people under their care may be past their prime, but the elders should still be considered just that: people.

 

(Article Excerpt and Image fromMore options than ever for families needing elder care, Scoop San Diego, November 21, 2013)

About D. Flenaugh

Demetrius Flenaugh is a 20 year U.S. Army Veteran and is experienced and highly qualified in addressing the home health care needs and concerns of seniors. His passion for helping others led him to volunteer with various organizations throughout his military career.
After spending the better part of the last 20 years moving from one assignment to another, he decided that moving to Sugar Land, TX provided an excellent opportunity to grow his family and serve his community. His dedication to providing quality, in-home care enables him to have a direct impact on enhancing the quality of life of seniors and other adults who need assistance with the activities of daily living.
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