Community Health

Introduction

A chronic condition refers to an illness that lasts for an extended period in an individual's life which limits the average performance of several activities by an individual and furthermore it requires ongoing medical care (Thorne & Paterson, 2000). Chronic illnesses have a profound effect on the quality and health of life of elderly adults hence necessity to receive health and home care services from multiple providers. In addition to this, they bear a financial burden which is commonly linked with long-term diseases.  Most people believe that since many chronic diseases can afflict senior adults, ailing from some of these conditions is just part of growing old (Boling, 2009). Hence nothing can be done to change that.

Contrary to the common belief, the truth is that the majority of these conditions and illnesses are treatable when addressed by health care providers and appropriate support to the elderly. Community-based services and support are developed to assist community-dwelling senior citizens to continue living safely in homes. The support services provider and also act as links to unique resources for the elderly adults and their care providers including; nutritional support, wellness programs, counseling services, educational programs about aging and health, Plus overall assistance with home safety, finances and housing. The following report explores the concepts of the support services and structures for elderly adults including those ailing from chronic conditions. In the paper, the meaning of the term support structures and services for older adults is defined, it also includes, the different individuals who provide the support services and various types of resources and support structures that are available plus how they are of benefit to the specific population suffering from chronic diseases.

 

Defining Support services in the context of senior adults

Support services refer to the unique service offered by a given community or even individuals to older people with chronic conditions such as dementia and many others (Brown & Censullo, 2008). These support services include compensation of the unpaid carers, provision of nutrition service programs, the establishment of old people’s homes, free medical care and offering self-management support.

Compensational support for unpaid nurses.

Most of the old people with chronic diseases require people to take care of them especially if their families have neglected those (Charlton & Andras, 2005). Such people need to be paid which motivates them to offer the best services to the old people. Offering to pay those people is one of the most crucial support anyone can offer to old people with chronic disorders. This would enable those carers to provide continuous service to the old people.

Provision of nutrition support programs

Most of the old people with chronic diseases are usually on a special diet which is usually quite expensive for them. This necessitates the need for support in the feeding program. Well-wishers should be ready to offer the old people with a subsidized diet which is very crucial in their health condition. Various organizations that cater to human welfare should fund the feeding program for the old people with chronic conditions in various societies which shall be very important as far as their health and wellness are concerned.

 

Establishment of unique homes for them

This shall be very important because they shall be taken care of by the relevant personnel making their life enjoyable. This shall reduce a lot of stress and depression that is usually experienced by most of the old people with chronic disorders. The unique homes can also receive many fund donations from vario

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