What does adequate support mean to accept

How important proper care for the elderly really is

People who take on the profession of care for the elderly are usually highly motivated and committed. It is important to them that the elderly and those in need of care are not left alone, that all support is given to them and that social skills are used to ensure a decent existence. Unfortunately, many young professionals are quickly deprived of their ideals, because the nursing emergency means that after a short time you often find your own efforts to be of little help. There is no trace of adequacy far and wide. If so, it can often be attributed to the commitment of individuals who do not care about time requirements, for example, insofar as they take their time. Time to talk to the person in need of care at least once, rather than just saying hello quickly while the washcloth flits over the body. Time to give the person in need of care courage and reduce fears, to stroke their back or take them for a nice walk. These are just a few examples that are, or should be, part of adequate care for the elderly. Because everyday life in care facilities often looks very different.


What does appropriate care for the elderly mean?


The concept of appropriateness means those things that are done according to the circumstances. If this is now related to the care of the elderly, the care and care of old and sick people currently seems to be entirely appropriate. However, the question arises as to whether all aspects of the care sector should simply be appropriate, or whether it does not seem sensible to increase the demands and thus guarantee really appropriate care for all those in need of care.

So what does it mean to speak of adequate care for the elderly? On the one hand, it is primarily about the humane accommodation and care of old people and people in need of care. Because it is not only in home care that a person should be allowed to lead a life that is as self-determined as possible. This includes, among other things, that the state home building ordinance or the minimum home building ordinance is implemented in the care facilities and that a single room is available to residents on request. (Source: https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/heimmindbauv/HeimMindBauV.pdf, access: 07.08.2018)

In addition to accommodation, responsible care is also part of appropriate care for the elderly. So every person in need of care should be able to be supported by a professionally well-trained person in carrying out the daily requirements. In the area of ​​home care, it is usually the relatives who take on this role. For this it is often necessary that the children and grandchildren or even spouses have to reduce their own needs considerably, have to spend additional time. This does not always succeed, especially if the caregiving relatives are still working. In nursing homes, however, the professional care of those in need of care is often difficult, because here there is a general need for care everywhere. Too few staff for the steadily increasing number of residents who can no longer look after themselves. This shortage of personnel quickly leads to the existing skilled workers being overburdened, which often leads to a loss of staff, as the employees in the elderly care themselves quickly experience health problems. In the given circumstances, care for the elderly may still be classified as appropriate, but this is not sufficient.

If one speaks of appropriate care for the elderly, appropriate remuneration for the skilled workers is also part of it. Even if most nurses see a calling in what they do first and foremost, it is ultimately also part of this that these services are properly rewarded.


Why is appropriate care for the elderly becoming more and more important?


If you look at the demographic change in our society today, the great importance of appropriate care for the elderly becomes apparent. In the years and decades to come, more and more people will be dependent on professional support and decent accommodation. Because in 2030 around 3.4 million people will depend on the help and support of well-trained geriatric nurses. (Source: https://www.destatis.de/DE/ZahlenFakten/GesellschaftStaat/Gesundheit/Pflege/Pflege.html, access: 07.08.2018).

These facts and figures show how important adequate care for the elderly is and will continue to be in the future. It is therefore essential to do something about the shortage of skilled workers and to generally adapt the framework conditions to the needs of those in need of care. This also means, among other things, that the bureaucracy should be kept away from the already completely overburdened employees of the care facilities. Because appropriate care for the elderly does not take place on paper and behind folders, but directly with people who need care.


What do time and human dignity have to do with adequate care for the elderly?


Time and human dignity are actually basic requirements for adequate care for the elderly, which should ultimately benefit every old and sick person. Today's skilled workers are quite willing to turn their job into a calling. If only you would let them! Apart from the long overdue payment for their social commitment and their services to people in need of care, many carers see the main problem in the fact that they have too little time to give an old and sick person human closeness, understanding and an open ear to respond.




Certainly every geriatric nurse does his best under the given circumstances to take good care of an old or sick person. So appropriate. But none of these well-trained professionals would like to stop at this point. Rather, everyone wants to pursue their profession and, with love, time and understanding, make the end of their lives beautiful and worth living for so many people. Their support and professional care are so important. However, geriatric nurses are often overwhelmed with additional office work that robs them of the time to be able to intensively care for people in need of care. Too often they also have to take care of the residents on their own in the corridor, so that there is never enough time for the individual due to the shortage of skilled workers. Human dignity quickly falls by the wayside under the current conditions.

The fact that care for the elderly should be a particularly important aspect in our civilized coexistence is only slowly getting into people's minds. But the lack of care and underpayment don't really make it any easier. While the old and sick often have the feeling that nobody really has time for them, the professionals feel like they are sitting between stools. So it is high time that appropriate care for the elderly is no longer assessed only with what is currently feasible, but equated with human dignity.