Presentation on theme: "SA2: Living In a Changing Society The Elderly. Who Are the Elderly? Aims: Define the term ‘elderly’ Define the term ‘elderly’ Identify common images of."— Presentation transcript:
Key Terms The Elderly Those aged 65 years and over who have reached the official retirement age. Stereotype When people have a fixed image of a group of people.
Elderly People in the UK Aims: *Examine the growth of the elderly population in the UK.
The Needs of the Elderly Aims: *Elderly people have four main types of need – physical, housing, emotional and financial.
The Needs of the Elderly Physical needs – problems connected the quality of peoples’ health. Financial needs – not have enough money to meet basic needs. Emotional needs – not having enough contact or support from other people. Housing needs – your home is unsuitable for you to live in.
The Needs of the Elderly Physical NeedsEmotional Needs Physical NeedsEmotional Needs Financial NeedsHousing Needs Financial NeedsHousing Needs
Housing Needs of the Elderly Aims: To identify why housing can be a problem for the elderly. To identify the different types of housing for elderly people
Sheltered Housing Examples in the Oban area: Dunmar Court Lynn Court McCallum Court Ford Spence Court
Sheltered Housing Physical Needs: Flats or Bungalows (one level) Lifts Handrails in homes/corridors Lower plugs/switches
Sheltered Housing Emotional Needs: Warden Intercom in each home Residents’ Lounge Pullcord alarm Personal alarms Visitor’s bedroom Social events
Sheltered Housing Financial Needs: Laundry Facilities Common TV licence Heating included in rent
Housing For the Elderly Remember that sheltered/very sheltered housing, nursing or residential homes can be provided by: Local authority (council) Local authority (council) Private organisations/companies Private organisations/companies A voluntary organisation (charity) A voluntary organisation (charity)
Recent Criticisms of Privately Run Nursing/Residential Homes Put profit before patient care Not enough checks in place Some owners have skimped on food, heating etc. Not enough staff employed or poorly qualified staff. Patients given tranquiliser drugs to make them more ‘manageable’. to make them more ‘manageable’.
The Physical Needs of the Elderly Aims: To identify the common physical problems facing the elderly. To identify the common physical problems facing the elderly. To identify how these physical needs can be met. To identify how these physical needs can be met.
Physical Needs of the Elderly Poor Hearing Poor Eyesight Senile Dementia Mobility Long-term illness e.g diabetes
Primary Health Care Primary Care is treatment provided outwith hospitals e.g.doctor’s surgery or health centre. Primary Care is treatment provided outwith hospitals e.g.doctor’s surgery or health centre. A range of medical professionals are available to treat the elderly e.g. Doctors/GPs, Practice Nurses, Physiotherapists, Chiropodists. A range of medical professionals are available to treat the elderly e.g. Doctors/GPs, Practice Nurses, Physiotherapists, Chiropodists. In rural areas the local doctors’ surgeries and hospital often work together to provide these services. In rural areas the local doctors’ surgeries and hospital often work together to provide these services.
Care in the Community Aims: The overall purpose of Care in the Community. The overall purpose of Care in the Community. The range of support which can be provided for the elderly. The range of support which can be provided for the elderly.
Care in the Community In the past elderly people who had difficulty looking after themselves were put in a residential home, a nursing home or a geriatric hospital. Today the elderly are encouraged to stay in their own homes as long as possible with the support of a number of services. This is called CARE IN THE COMMUNITY. Needs assessment is carried out by Social Work Department and a care plan drawn up.
Care in the Community The social work department will use different organisation to meet the needs of the elderly person e.g. *Local health centre *Housing department *Voluntary organisations Some people think that the government is just trying to save money because it costs more money to put an elderly person in a residential/nursing home.
Care in the Community Specialised Housing (see previous note) Day care centres/Lunch clubs Occupational therapist Community nurse Meals on wheels Home helps