Thursday, May 19

How do we want to be cared for in old age?

User of the Altea Home Help Service managed by Clece.

According to the study “The future of care” presented by Clece, almost half of the inhabitants of the Valencian Community (48%) want to be professional home care during their old age, counting on Home Help Service (SAD) and / or Telecare Service. This study has been prepared by Sondea from more than 2,000 interviews with people between 55 and 70 years of age.

The freedom to organize their own schedules and outings is the main argument of all those who prefer to stay in their habitual residence during your old age.

How would you like to spend your old age?

«The results obtained through the survey do nothing more than confirm something that we have already been affirming: the current care model must be aimed at prolonging the autonomy of our elders so that they remain as long as possible in their homes and delay entry into residences. For this it is essential drive improvements in home care services without forgetting the importance of technological innovations to enhance this autonomy and improve the quality of life “, says Ignacio Gamboa, technical director of Social Services of Clece, a company made up of more than 75,000 professionals who work for improve people’s lives in various fields ranging from cleaning, the maintenance o la security, to social services related to watch out from persons greater and dependents or early childhood education.

A more autonomous model, but no less close

In the event that their level of autonomy does not allow them to remain in their habitual residence, the respondents are open to other options, such as residences for the elderly or sheltered flats.

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In the assumption of live in a residence, around 80% say that they would like to do it with like-minded people and in small groups and always maintaining their ability to choose in certain matters, such as inviting friends and family and deciding when to get up or go to bed.

The medical care It is the main health service that almost 9 out of 10 respondents would like to find in a residence and most of them would expect it to have enough staff to provide a personalized and quality service, followed by having adequate facilities for it.

In any case, that is, whether living at home, in a residence or in a sheltered apartment, almost half of the respondents (48%) affirm that they would like their family to visit them, but respecting their privacy. For their part, 25% have stated that they prefer their family members to be as less involved as possible so as not to be a burden to them, and the remaining 25% have revealed that they do want their family is as involved as possible throughout their old age.

As for technology, 2 out of 3 inhabitants of the Valencian Community expect it to play a decisive role in improving their quality of life during old age.

Living in a residence, what decisions would you like to make?

In this sense, Ignacio Gamboa emphasizes the following: «It is essential to continue promoting both the development and the implementation of technological innovations to provide users with quality care, whether at home, in a residence, in a sheltered apartment or in any other facilities designed to live when we are older. The Public Administration, companies and society as a whole must become aware of the importance of investing in these resources that improve our well-being and quality of life throughout the aging process. ‘

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Quality services: public and private

On the other hand, the professionalism and efficiency of its future professional caregivers, either in a residence or through services such as SAD or telecare, is the main aspect that respondents value (78%), followed by empathy and the treatment near or almost familiar (71%), who take their opinion into account in making important decisions related to their Health (70%) and knowledge doctors (60%).

Regarding public care services, more than 70% of those surveyed claim that they offer mGreater variety of models of stay and coexistence, depending on the degree of dependency.

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