In this day, when more and more people want to live in nuclear families, old age homes are becoming quite a common thing. These homes are the answer and a good option for old people (65+) who are looking for quality support and healthcare in their second innings of life.
Today, when senior citizens form a great chunk of our total population, many of them are bound to live in such facilities. This is because of various factors like neglect, ill-treatment and lack of proper care from their family members. Due to this, it is becoming more and more important to take concrete steps for spreading awareness about the neglect which the older population has to face today.
In this post, we will discuss all the major things related to old age centres from the whats to the hows! Thus, without wasting any time, let’s dive into the topic.
What is an old age home?
An old age centre is a place that is meant for senior citizens with a very friendly and home-like environment. In such a facility, elderly people live together, share their joys, sorrows, make friendships and try to live their last innings of life in the best possible manner. If you ever visit such an old age centre, you will come across bright faces of some really old but cool people with whom you can talk to and possibly learn a thing or two about life.
However, while on one part, it is really a great feeling to see a couple of oldies sharing such a great bond with each other, on the other hand, the reason why old people have to live in such homes, as stated earlier, is because of ill-treatment and neglect from their family members. This is something which we as a society need to really work upon and fix together.
Is there any difference between a senior care home and an old age home?
Parallel to old age facility, one can also consider living in a senior care home. Although, much similar in their theme of work, by and large, old age homes are much larger and more structured in terms of their facility and overall services. On the other hand, senior care home facilities are comparatively smaller in size.
Are there any advantages of living in an old age home for the senior citizens?
Yes, living in an old age centre can have its set of advantages. These are:
1. Senior citizens get the care they deserve
While living in an old age home, the senior citizens get the care they deserve. This is so as the staff members are specifically trained to treat the elderly with the utmost care, respect and provide them with the right comfort as per their needs.
2. Family-like atmosphere
One of the best things about an old age home is that you find a very home-like environment here. Yes, there are several old age homes which even offer facilities from good food, birthday celebrations, festival celebrations, recreational activities, short journeys and even sports activities. All of this can be a great way for the seniors to live actively and move on in life with a big smile on their face.
3. Peace of mind
With a large family, especially where you have both children and the elderly it can become a bit tough for a young married couple to look after them both and provide the kind of care that they deserve. Thus, with an old age home, one can have peace of mind that the seniors of the home would be given proper care.
4. Old age shelters are affordable
Usually, old age homes are quite affordable. It also depends on the donors who financially back such places. If the sponsors are good then you can expect the best of services at good pricing.
Are there any disadvantages of living in old age homes?
Like everything, even living in old age homes can have certain disadvantages. Let’s have a look at them.
Although, at some places, this might not be the case but at several old age homes, the senior citizens may not get too much of choice when it comes to things like privacy, choice of food, the comfort of living, etc. They will have to make do with the things they are provided with.
It costs money
Old age homes can be quite expensive at times as the better the services, the higher the costs. Thus, this can prove to be a disadvantage for certain sections of society. Old age home expenses can cost anywhere between 50k and 15 lakhs P.A. for a couple.
No personalized care
At times, living in an old age home can also feel like living in a hostel that comes with its own set of rules, regulations, routine, and culture. Due to this, a person may feel a lack of personalization to their living experience.
How to start an old age home?
“I want to start an old age home”, “How can I open an old age home”. If time and again you ask these kinds of questions from yourself, then we have some important information to share with you. Before starting an old age home, ask this from yourself, “Do I want to start a senior care home or an old age home for making profits or I just want to contribute my bit to society while helping the needy.” Only after having clarity on this question, you should proceed further with anything concrete. Check out the following points for the same.
Research & Training
To begin with, you will need to research the laws of your respective city, state, or country along with senior citizens’ abuse identification and its reporting procedure. At some places, you may require to have received some kind of training which may include but not limited to CPR, first-aid along with psychology & management skills. For instance, the nurse aid training requires only 4-6 weeks to be completed. You may also have to be listed on the respective registry of qualified care providers.
To open an old age home, you will require a calm and pollution-free environment, usually somewhere away from the chaotic city life. The ideal surrounding would be an area that has quick access to the city but also has an abundance of nature’s beauty.
You will also need to ensure that the rooms/building where the elderly will live have
- Good cross-ventilation
- Are spacious
- Located on the ground floor
- Hygienic bathrooms and toilets
- Sloping ramps as required
- Railings at maximum places
- A separate sick room
- A separate recreation room
Hiring people for old age home facility
After you have sorted all the aforementioned things along with all the necessary legal work, you will have to focus on hiring the right staff for your old age home project. For this, it is very important to choose people (especially the nursing & healthcare staff) who have a high EQ level i.e., emotional quotient and people who are empathetic.
Apart from these two basic yet major qualities, you will also need to make sure that there is a cashier cum accountant, nutritionist (s), clerks, attenders, cooks, house aids who are efficient in their work.
Have a good internet connection with computers
Computers with a good internet connection are like a basic necessity nowadays. Having this facility allows the elderly to remain in touch with the outside world’s news & also be in touch with their near and dear ones. So, make sure that you have it in good working condition.
Conclusion: Culminating the topic, it can be said that opening an old age home requires a great deal of effort, especially, if you want to provide top-notch services to the elderly. From all the legal work to ensuring a good family-like environment is not an easy task. Thus, if you want to go ahead with your decision, you must have all the required resources and the time to manage everything smoothly.