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What Does Quality of Life Really Mean? Elderly Care Considerations in Granite Bay, CA

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jun 13, 2014 12:28:11 AM

Elderly Care in Granite Bay, CAWe hear a lot about improving the ‘quality of life’ for patients who may require some form of elderly care. But what does this really mean?

Quality of life refers to the enjoyment factor, the ability to be involved with things that matter to our lives, the things we enjoy, and getting the most out of life. What one person would consider to be a high quality of life might not be enough for someone else.

It also refers to the quality of care that someone receives who requires it. If the quality of care is poor, or it’s not enough, then the quality of life will diminish as a result.

It’s important to not be caught up with trying to measure one’s quality of life against another person. Just because your elderly father has certain expectations about what they could or should be able to enjoy, that doesn’t mean another elderly gentleman would feel the same way.

If a person is receiving elder care services to help with their basic care at home, then the family of that elderly person might feel that their quality of life improved as a result. However, if he or she is still unable to do anything and they aren’t being encouraged or provided the opportunities to do things other than watch TV or walk around their yard, then they might consider that their quality of life is actually poor.

Each person has ambitions, hobbies, and interests. If you are unable to take part in the things that you enjoy, are you going to rate your quality of life as high? Not likely.

So when you’re trying to determine what elder care services are ideal for your loved one, consider what he or she might describe as having a positive quality of life.

This is a term that is often overused and it doesn’t mean all that much when we dismiss it as meaning that our loved one has the support that he or she needs at home. Just because someone’s body doesn’t allow them to do the things that they once enjoyed, that doesn’t mean that they have to accept what comes their way, or not doing much of anything at all.

There are plenty of activities that elderly individuals can still participate in, so focus on the quality of life as not only their health care, but their emotional care as well.

If you have an aging loved one who needs professional elderly care, or are considering home care services for yourself call Harmony Home Health and talk to our care staff. They will be attentive to your situation, and provide clear and immediate options to help you deal with the difficulties you face. Harmony Home Health provides services for the greater Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties including: Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay, Roseville, Cameron Park, Placerville and surrounding areas. For more information and a FREE assessment CALL (916) 414-9100.