Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): Aged
Aged care in healthcare refers to the care and support provided to older adults, particularly those with chronic health conditions or disabilities. As people age, they may require additional assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating, as well as medical care and support.
Aged care services can be provided in a variety of settings, including in-home care, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. In-home care can include services such as meal delivery, personal care, and medication management. Assisted living facilities provide a combination of housing, personal care, and health services. Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities, provide 24-hour medical supervision and skilled nursing care.
Aged care services also include palliative care and hospice care, which provide comfort and support to individuals with a terminal illness or chronic condition. Palliative care focuses on the relief of symptoms and improving the quality of life for patients, while hospice care focuses on providing comfort and support for patients in their last days of life.
The needs of older adults can be complex and multidimensional. Providing appropriate care and support to older adults requires a team-based approach, involving healthcare professionals such as geriatricians, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, and other specialists.
As the population ages, the demand for aged care services is expected to increase. Addressing the healthcare needs of older adults is an important aspect of healthcare, which will become more and more critical in the future.