Life is busy and hectic. We have jobs, children, spouses, and errands to keep us busy around the clock. On top of that, our parents and grandparents are living longer; at some point, they become unable to fully take care of themselves.
People have been having the ethical argument, for years, whether putting elderly people into nursing homes is right or wrong. Some people believe that putting the elderly in a facility where they can be properly cared for is the right thing to do. Others think that it is the same as if you were abandoning them.
Let’s put that argument on hold for now. First, you should learn about elderly day care. Then you can decide for yourself. Try to look at elderly day care as an acceptable compromise between the two sides of the nursing home argument. Your parents took care of you, so shouldn’t you take some responsibility in taking care of them?
However, this responsibility is misinterpreted by some people to be mainly financial. That is not the case. While there may be some financial requirements, it is a greater emotional responsibility to the people who took care of you when you were in need. Elderly day care gives us the possibility that you can take care of the old while living your own adult life.
Nursing homes can be depressing. Everyone wants to stay with his/her family, even if they won’t admit it. At the same time, the elderly do not want to be a burden. After all, you are their family and they do not wish for you to suffer because of them.
They do, however, want to feel loved and not forgotten. Having these services available means that you need not send your loved ones to a nursing home. You can drop them off and pick them up again at the end of the day. With elderly day care, you can let go of your worry (or guilt) about your loved ones getting the proper care that they need. Now, they can also get the regular love and care of their own family.
This would give them time to practice hobbies and maintain their own social lives while you go about your business for the day. Another advantage of adult day care, is that your visits are not limited by visiting hours. After all, your elderly will still be living with you.
Elderly day care is a solid idea because it actually reconciles the fact that over the years, family values have dwindled while the word “elderly” has been linked to the word “burden”. We need to bring back our strong family values, while not hurting the American way of business. So far, elderly day care has provided the best solution for that possibility.
Right now, the elderly day care business is still in its infancy. People running them have realized the advantages this type of business offers and word is catching on. We should be seeing a lot more of these in the near future.