Advantages of Old-Age Homes
Aging is inevitable, but aging gracefully is in our hands. Today’s old people are self-reliant, resilient and decently poised. They have already worked hard to earn this status in their old age and that’s why they do not want to depend upon anyone during their twilight years. It is therefore not necessary that old age homes are looked upon as the last resort if old people cannot ‘adjust’ in their children’s house but it is seen today as the first priority to spend the last years of life gracefully. There are several advantages of staying in old-age homes for this aged population- 1. Safety- As we age, one of the most important things is safety. There has to be constant vigilant supervision especially if there are some or the other medical problems. The good staff in the old age homes is vital to provide you with the safety net that makes you relaxed. 2. Companionship- Old people don’t need money. What they need is a good listening ear that understands them, their problems, and helps in solving them. Nobody but a good friend can make this possible. As the think-alike group at the old age homes is formed, the atmosphere suddenly becomes positive for these people and they enjoy being in each other’s company. Nothing is as important as a stress-free chat in this age group to live happily and healthily. 3. Regular health check up- In most of the old age homes, lot of stress is given to the regular health check up. This may not become possible or may be avoided in single set ups. Thus early preventive care and diagnostic facilities can be provided to these old people, to avoid advanced pathologies. 4. Being active- When living alone, most old people or couples become inactive owing to stress, laziness, and lack of companionship. However, in old age homes, stipulated tasks are given to these people so that they remain active and also their self-sufficiency is enhanced. As these people remain more active here, they stay healthier for long. 5. Entertainment- No age is barred for good recreational activities. Rather as we grow old, such activities help us stay fresh and healthy. Old age homes arrange frequent such activities like yoga classes, games, sports, hobby classes, etc for these people so that they don’t get undue free time on hand to brood about the negative aspect of life. This is one of the most vital benefits of old age homes that enable the old people to stay happier! 6. Urge to earn again- Many old age homes run special programs for aged people that have lost hope to earn again in life. Various small scale works can be given to these people depending upon their expertise and experience. This makes them further self sufficient and confident to face the further life. 7. Marriage or dating- Yes, even this prospect is alive when you enter an old age home after death of your spouse. You can befriend a person you are interested in, get to know him or her more, spend quality time together and tie the knot if you feel like. This is one of the best things to happen in the life of young and old alike, because this gives them great companionship and blissful life ahead. Thus, old age homes should not be looked down upon in this century. They are the requirement of time and old people can really enjoy the rest of life there peacefully, creatively and happily!