We provide professional support in Geriatric Rehabilitation (Regabilitation in the Elderly).
What is geriatric rehabilitation?
Inevitably, some physiological changes occur in our body with aging. The addition of an extra discomfort on top of these changes makes elderly people more vulnerable than other age groups. All these disrupt the quality of life of the elderly person and cause a serious increase in general health expenses.
Preserving the quality of life of the elderly individual, who is a member of the society, and ensuring an active life is one of the common responsibilities of the whole society, especially the family, as well as the healthcare professionals. Geriatric rehabilitation is a concept that includes all efforts made to maximize the functional status of the elderly person in situations such as physical disability, illness and disability in the elderly. For this purpose, all of the services provided in order to prevent or minimize functional deterioration due to physiological and disease are examined under the umbrella of rehabilitation in the elderly.
Why is geriatric rehabilitation necessary?
Every person wants the deteriorated quality of life to return to the desired level. The main goal is to increase the life quality of the aging person in the most efficient and economical way. Geriatric rehabilitation is a necessity to achieve this goal. With some cheap and simple methods and treatments to be applied, both the life quality of the patient will be increased and the social economic burden will decrease.
How is geriatric rehabilitation implemented?
The principle that should not be forgotten in geriatric rehabilitation is that each patient has specific needs. For this reason, the fact that the rehabilitation program is personalized will increase the chance of success even more.
First of all, the functional evaluation of the patient should be done and the functional level should be determined. Then, the desired goals should be determined within the existing possibilities, taking into account the cognitive, cultural, social, familial, economic and physiological conditions of the person. The planned goals and the rehabilitation process should be shared with the relatives of the patients, and false expectations should not be entered into.
When to start geriatric rehabilitation?
Although there is no exact answer to the questions such as where, how long and when, researches have been going on for years in developed countries. Although the rehabilitation programs are tried to be achieved, the most important criteria for the selection of rehabilitation methods and goals are still the application practices and experiences of physicians.
The aim should be to choose the right patient, to use the resources efficiently and to benefit more patients from the services provided. Certain standards should be set, and a good geriatric evaluation should be made for this. Physical therapy and rehabilitation specialists should be involved in these evaluations. As general principles;
Where should geriatric rehabilitation be implemented?
It can be applied in major hospitals, rehabilitation centers, specialized nursing homes, retirement homes, clinics and home environment.
What should be done in geriatric rehabilitation?
Increasing functional capacity should be the main goal in physical activities performed in the elderly. Increasing this capacity will increase the quality of life. Our aim in exercises is to include all muscle groups in the activity, to have appropriate resting periods following short exercise periods and to be simple exercises that involve a lot of repetitions. The aims of the exercise applied in the elderly can be listed as;
The benefits of exercises for the elderly are strikingly positive.
Rehabilitation practices in the elderly should be realistic, repeated in a planned manner and changed when necessary. The individual should be helped to be independent and social by preserving existing functions and improving the quality of life for the rest of his life. The rehabilitation program should be specific to every elderly person in a way that positively affects the healing process of the person.
Future and expectations in geriatric rehabilitation
In the geriatric rehabilitation team, which includes different groups, there are physicians / physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, orthotics-prosthetics specialists, often under the leadership of a physical therapy and rehabilitation specialist.
Preventive medicine should always be at the forefront in the geriatric rehabilitation process. The needs of the elderly should be determined before they become needy and sick and the necessary measures should be taken. The responsibility should not be left only to the health personnel, this duty should be in the family members before the illness-addiction occurs.
Family members are natural members of the team. Therefore, family members should be informed and encouraged to take responsibility. Physical and mental overload on family members should be avoided, empathy should be shown to them. You should be alert to psychic problems such as depression etc. that may develop in family members.
In case the precautions are insufficient and / or an additional disease is added to the geriatric picture, it will be important to involve professional healthcare professionals.
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