Home Instead Senior Care welcomed the recent publication of the Government’s National Positive Ageing Strategy 2013.
Increased longevity is a sign of economic and social progress. The Strategy encourages us to recognise our increased longevity as one of the greatest achievements of our time.
In Ireland, at the last Census in 2011, there were approximately 535,000 people aged over 65 in the population, representing an increase of 14.4 per cent since 2006. Ireland will experience an unprecedented ageing of the population in the first half of the twenty-first century and by 2041 there will be an estimated 1.3 million to 1.4 million people aged over 65 years, representing 20-25 per cent of the total Irish population.
The National Positive Ageing Strategy Vision begins “Ireland will be a society for all ages that celebrates and prepares properly for individual and population ageing”. Home Instead Senior Care believes that to achieve this, each and every one us will need to take greater responsibility for our own ageing.
Home Instead Senior Care recently launched a free book “Senior Citizen Guidebook 2013. A Roadmap for Successful Ageing” which is available free of charge by calling the Home Instead office on 0504 91100.
Michael Wright, Owner, Home Instead Senior Care, Tipperary said, “We want older people and their families to prepare adequately for ageing and understand the support available. From legal entitlements, to nutrition, support when ill, caring for a loved one, financial concerns right through to how implementing behavioural change can positively impact on creating a meaningful, enjoyable and healthier retirement. Senior Citizen: The Essential Guidebook aims to encourage this change.”
One issue to consider is how to stay at home, in the event that you suffered an accident such as a broken leg, or had a stroke or developed an illness that affected your mobility. Often, people in hospital are unable to return home for simple reasons such as lack of downstairs bathroom. A “staying at home” plan needs to consider how you could live at home on one floor, if you lacked the mobility to use stairs.
The plan needs to consider how you would manage with daily tasks such as cooking or showering or housekeeping whilst you are convalescing at home. You need to have conversations with family members and understand what help they could bring. No one wants to be a burden on family members, so it is important to know exactly what commitment sons and daughters can give, in the event you need their help. Sometimes it is not appropriate for family members to assist with tasks such as showering, or family members may not be able to visit every day. In such instances, it is important to budget for private home care. As we age, so our budgeting must reflect new costs associated with ageing positively at home.
Home Instead Senior Care is Tipperary’s leading Home Care company, started by Michael and Marie Wright in 2008. Now employing over 100 staff across the County, Home Instead Senior Care supports people remain independent at home. Home Instead Senior Care is also approved by the HSE to provide care for people approved for HSE Home Care Packages in both North and South Tipperary. Home Instead staff call out to an individuals home and help people stay happy at home by assisting in a number of ways: Meal Preparation, light housekeeping, assistance with personal care including dressing, grooming, showering, incidental transportation, medication reminders, palliative care, home respite, errands and getting messages.
For more information Call our Thurles office on 0504 91100 or see our website www.homeinstead.ie>>