Selecting A Community/organization & Current Trend of Interest
Rhea G. WarrenAmerican Military UniversitySPHE 461/Current Trends in Fitness and WellnessProfessor Spiering February 27,2022
Community of Interest
The aged population is the community of interest in this context. The aging population is increasing every day in the community. People live longer as people in the communities during their sixties, and above are still in the living land. Due to the extension of the living more extended concept, communities face increased growth in size and proportion of the older adults in the community (Cai et al., 2021). There will be a high number of aged people in a few years to come, increasing from one billion, the estimated number of older adults today, to approximately one point four billion in five to ten years. It is believed that in roughly twenty years to come, the population will continue to increase, which shows that this community will need a lot of care and interventions for them to be managed well in the community. Initially, the aging population was mainly found in countries with high income, but as times change, countries of average and low income have also had large numbers of aged people. Biologically, aging is associated with the damage of the molecular and cellular, which occurs in due time, and an individual increases their age. The damage results in a consistent decrease in cognitive and physical abilities, making people susceptible to disease and eventually die. Apart from the biological view, aging can also be connected with life transitions such as retirement. These people in the community experience many challenges and leave the healthcare and the community at large with many tasks of coming up with strategies to ensure that they have the best management care.
The aging population is faced with many challenges in terms of their health since their body-active immune system is deteriorating. Therefore, the current trend in healthcare has worked towards ensuring that they have provided the senior community with optimal care to manage their aging condition. Healthcare delivery and management have been able to incorporate information and communication technologies which have helped to better and improve the care of the aged. Home-based care is the trend that will be used in this context. Home-based care has proven to be the most effective healthcare strategy, which has helped improve and supervise the aged people in the community (Gandarillas and Goswami, 2018). This current trend involves several practices incorporated to ensure optimal care. Since most of the older people in the community are faced with chronic diseases, there is a need for healthcare to use technological advancements to help them facilitate home-based care.
The home-based care methodology seems to work effectively in the natural context where the services provided are meant to solve the problems. Also, the services are intended to manage the autonomy and wellbeing of the aged people. In healthcare centers, home care is preferred more than inpatient care because it is cost-effective. Also, when aging people get care and management from home, they tend to respond to care and be more satisfied than when they are in the hospitals (Gandarillas and Goswami, 2018) positively. Home-based services have proven to be more effective as it improves the symptoms of the aged preserves the patient’s preference, autonomy, and medical compliance. An example of this approach is the home-based rehabilitation practices found in different countries.
Health Challenge in Aging Community
The aging population is constantly at a high risk of getting common health conditions. The primary health condition is chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, depression, and dementia. The aged also have hearing losses and acute pain in their neck, making them uncomfortable in most cases. Due to these chronic diseases, the aged are forced to seek medical interventions to help them manage their diseases. Chronic diseases are the primary cause of demise in the aging population. It is estimated that approximately seventy-five percent of people die due to chronic health problems. Chronic diseases have various incidences that, in most cases, tend to appear at the same time. Some of these incidences are a risk of falling, fractures and other disabilities, lack of appetite, and emotional stress. These challenges are also associated with the decline of the physical and mental abilities of the aging community. Notably, these conditions have led to a connection between chronic diseases and incidences, which have increased dependency-related problems in the aged community (Atella et al., 2019). This means that the aging community has led to a lot of attention from all corners as they need total monitored care throughout to help them in any assistance they might require. Therefore, it has called for healthcare to develop dependency connected complex care to help them manage their chronic illnesses and risk factors that are accompanied by aging.
Interrelationship Between Home Based Care And Aging Community And Effectiveness Of Home-Based Care.
The majority of the aged in the community have embraced home-based care, which has proven to help them in various ways. Home-based care has helped the aged receive treatment of their conditions at their own convenient time. Home-based care comprises activities such as caregiver assistance at home, assistance in transportation, legal aid, information, and, most importantly, care management. These services are of importance to the aged population because they are things that they need in life, and since they are not capable of performing them, they gain the assistance of the home care service providers. This shows the relationship between home-based care and the aging population.
Since home-based care is mainly known as an approach for helping the elderly community, the healthcare professionals ally with the home service providers to ensure that patient with chronic illness follows their treatment plan, this is why home-based care is believed to be cost-effective as most of the time; the healthcare professionals make house calls which enables them to deliver primary care in the patient’s home. Therefore, due to the chronic conditions, these people require undisrupted care, which is more accessible by the home-based care approach (Johnson et al., 2018). When clinicians make the house calls, they can carry out examinations, give medications, and any other additional tests that the patients may require during the home visits. In addition, the healthcare professionals can review the patients’ prescriptions, check on their nutritional diet and educate the caregivers on how they should carefully take care of the aged in the home care settings.
Home-based care is of a lot of benefits to the elderly population. First, home care has helped maintain or improve the dignity of older adults. Second, home-based care has helped the aged have strong trust relationships with their caregivers because it enables them to receive care at their home (Ris et al., 2019). Also, home-based care is more advanced than long-term care in hospitals where patients receive different caregivers, making it hard for them to have close relationships with their caregivers. Finally, the aged people have high-stress levels and memory loss, risk factors of increasing their chronic illnesses. Therefore, they need a conducive environment and company to help them stay out of stress and manage their symptoms well. Home-based care is the right approach for all these benefits. Also, home-based care is safer because people at this age and stage are likely to have frequent falls and get fractures as their bones are weak. Therefore, with the caregivers constantly being around them, they can ensure their safety and assist where necessary.
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