Introduction to Keeping up with the elderly

Hello you and welcome to join our journey to “keep up with the elderly”!

We are 3 social service students diving into hot topics concerning the elderly and learning what life is like in an elderly home. Hopefully, we are able to gain as much knowledge on this topic to share with you readers!

Our aim is to touch on issues which we ourselves are interested in knowing more and hope you will find interesting as well!
One important topic right now being:
“What life is like in an elderly home with the current world’s situation?”.
We are also happy to let you know that we will be assisted with a working life partner. They will be introduced later on in our blog posts.

Thank you for being here and stay tuned, you’ll hear more from us soon!

-Kia, Lilja & Annika

Working life representative

we interviewed a working life representative from Sacramento named Klaus ( name and place have been changed for privacy reasons). I asked Klaus about what their situation is at the moment with staffing do they have too little staff too many just enough, How do they take care of the well being of clients and staff and how are they going to improve the conditions if necessary.

Lue lisää Working life representative

It depends on how you look at it

One might think that chatting about pandemic and all the affects it has had on the world and people, would turn out to be quite a bummer of a conversation.
However, when Klaus was sharing his view on the current situation and on our other blogpost topics, this was not the case. He had a way of shining a positive light on everything which made it easy to gather the right mindset for this post.

Lue lisää It depends on how you look at it

Changes to come

There is a lot of discussion about what kinda changes need to be done and in what time they are trying to do them in. As we all know there are a lot of problems with elderly care and shortage of workers. Our prime minister Sanna Marin has a plan that by 1.4.2023 there would be about 0,7 workers towards one client as to what we they are suppose to have 0,5 workers per client. The idea is great but i am interested to see how they are going to make it happens since we are getting more and more elderly people and less caretakers. They also are making changes to the home care system as well. The new regulations that are being made are the first part of our prime minister Sanna Marin´s government agenda. The aim is to particularly improve the quality and availability of home services and diversity of housing for the elderly. The key factor here is the staffing structure in making sure that high quality and appropriate for the elderly services and make sure that customer and patient safety and proper medication safety are included.

Personally I know that these is a big problem since i have worked at an elderly home and seen how stressful it can be i really really hope that there will a solution that will help everyone the workers and the clients.

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Is it possible to feel lonely in a nursing home?

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We often talk about the loneliness of those individuals, who live alone in their own home. But what about those who live in a nursing home, can they be lonely even thought they are surrounded by other elderly and the staff?

Lue lisää Is it possible to feel lonely in a nursing home?

Take a peek to a nursing home in 2020 – What has changed?

In our introduction post, we mentioned how we would be assisted with a working life representative and would introduce them later on. To respect their privacy, we will not be using any real names in our blogposts, nor will we give out any information which might give away the nursing home.

Lue lisää Take a peek to a nursing home in 2020 – What has changed?

Reducing loneliness and isolation

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Loneliness carries a stigma, so we don’t easily admit that we are lonely and it’s hard to ask for help. However, most of us have experienced loneliness at some point. We should always listen if someone tells us they’re lonely; it can be a rare opportunity for them to tell how they are feeling and have someone listen to them. The loneliness of the elderly is usually caused by some life event, like a death of a spouse, divorce, retirement or a sickness. In addition to lending a listening ear, an older person might need someone, who helps them to go to and take part in different activities and social functions.

Lue lisää Reducing loneliness and isolation

Loneliness among the elderly

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Humans are creatures that need to socialize with others, and the connection we have with each other allows us to survive. Still, there are multiple lonely seniors in Finland. There are many reasons for loneliness, for example a death of a spouse, sickness or retiring. All seniors don’t have children or grandchildren, they live far or they are not in contact with each other.

Lue lisää Loneliness among the elderly

The situation today

The situation today with elderly care is getting worse. We are heading for a crisis with many more people to be taken care of than there are people taking care of them. At the moment one nurse or practical nurse can be taking care of 12 elderly people during one shift unlike Denmark for example where they only have 7 per nurse/practical nurse. How to fix it? you can’t unless there are more people that are going to school and studying to do the work. There are people ageing more and more and not enough spaces in elderly care homes and not enough nurses and resources to take care of them all.

Lue lisää The situation today