How Senior Care Franchises Support Healthier Aging
Though the risk of disease and disability increases with age, that doesn’t mean that poor health is inevitable.
At Executive Care, we understand the role that senior care franchises play in optimizing the aging process. By offering an affordable alternative to assisted living facilities and nursing homes, we give aging Americans back their independence without compromising their families’ peace of mind. To date, our services have helped thousands of seniors stay in the comfort of their own homes while ensuring their physical, mental, and emotional health is maintained.
But don’t take our word for it; empirical, peer-reviewed research supports the efficacy of the very “community-based, collaborative practice model” that we provide (Nuñez et al., 2003). In today’s post, we review scientific literature from the Public Health Nursing journal to explain how senior care franchises support healthier aging.
Senior Care Franchises Support The Activities Of Daily Living (ADL)
Nuñez et al. (2003) note that chronic conditions limit nearly 40% of American seniors over 65 in terms of their ability to complete ADL such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation, shopping and cleaning (p. 25). Furthermore, 7.3-million people aged 75 and older deal with some manner of functional limitation, and this dependency only increases as we near the 85-and-older demographic. Inability to complete the activities of daily living is associated with poor hygiene, malnutrition, depression, and poor adherence to medical treatments, all of which translate to poor health.
While assistance with the activities of daily living frequently does not require specialized training, it is a time-consuming responsibility. Family members who try to fill their loved ones’ daily care needs may find that they struggle to find time for their own children, careers, or social obligations. And yet, while caring for a dependent parent can be stressful and time-consuming, families cannot leave their loved ones uncared for.
With this in mind, the value of senior care franchises becomes clear. Executive Care offers a number of different services, each of which provides assistance with vital activities of daily living. Whether your loved one requires companionship, specialized care, or intensive live-in care, you can rest assured that our caretakers are helping accommodate these vital daily needs. In this way, the Executive Care franchise is able to meet specialized and unskilled general care needs simultaneously.
Senior Care Franchises Support Healthy Habits For Your Loved Ones
Today, most people appreciate the value of exercise, hobbies, and leisure activities as a way to promote mental, physical, and social health. Unfortunately, many seniors neglect these pursuits, and it could be negatively impacting their health.
Nuñez et al. (2003) reviewed findings from US population surveys that reported 33-39% of males aged 65 and older participated in no leisure-time activities of any type, and that female involvement was even less (p. 26). This means that more than a third – perhaps more than half – of aging Americans are vulnerable to unsuccessful health outcomes, simply because they do not have the knowledge, companionship, or drive to complete these activities on their own.
At Executive Care, our companionship services were designed to fight back against this negative trend in senior care. With this service, a caretaker will accompany your loved one on walks, take them to recreational and/or social, stimulate their minds with games and socialization, prepare healthy meals and exercise programs, and otherwise support the maintenance of health habits required for healthy aging.
Learn more about how Executive Care promotes healthy aging at http://www.executivehomecarefranchise.com.
Nuñez, D. E., Armbruster, C., Phillips, W. T., & Gale, B. J. (2003). Community‐Based Senior Health Promotion Program Using a Collaborative Practice Model: The Escalante Health Partnerships. Public Health Nursing, 20(1), 25-32.