09 Mar Five Resources to Help When Caring For the Elderly
The UK’s population is ageing. The proportion of people aged 65 and over in the overall population increased from 15% in 1983 to 16% in 2008. What’s more, over the same period, the number of people aged 16 in the overall population decreased from 21% to 19%. The UK population is therefore facing the challenges of growing old.
With 328,600 households opting for homecare, this represents a total of 4.1million contact hours. The website helpinghandshomecare.co.uk directly employs carers that are capable of providing care to individuals with over 45 conditions ranging from dementia and Alzheimer’s to multiple sclerosis and strokes. What’s more, the agency also provides live-in home care whenever it is needed.
There are also a number of charities that care for the elderly, the most famous of these is called Age Concern (or Age UK as it is to undergo a name change). Age concern (ageconcern.co.uk) strives to provide a wide range of services to the elderly. These range from funeral planing to car insurance and coach holidays in continental Europe as well as the UK.
Another important factor of “growing old” is evaluating care and housing needs. The Elderly Accommodation Counsel (www.eac.org.uk) aims at meeting the elderly’s housing and care needs. The Elderly Accommodation Counsel also works in close partnership with other charities in order to offer comprehensive information about care and housing for older people.
Ensuring psychological well-being is as important as ensuring physical well-being when dealing with the elderly. That is why many support and selfhelp groups focus on helping the elderly. Contact the elderly (http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk) is a national charity that focuses on organising social events for over 75 year olds who have little or no family. These activities also provide the opportunity for inter-generational contact as well as discrete regular monitoring of their health and welfare.
Remaining physically and socially active in old age is also important because it will help reduce the risk of developing conditions like dementia. The website Elderlyactivities.co.uk was developed by an organisation, a company that provides supplies for elderly care homes. The aim of this website is to provide the elderly with activities that will both provide mental and physical stimulation for the elderly. Each activity comes under the form of a downloadable activity sheet. The activities range from outdoor games to art and craft ideas as well as activities for people suffering from dementia.