For as long as humans have roamed the earth, caring for aging individuals has been a concern of society. While in today’s world adult children and a network of care options such as assisted living or in-home care assisted with homecare software or homecare system technology often care for aging seniors, it likely wasn’t always that way. In an interesting look at the history of elder care, A Place for Mom recently published a blog post that examined the possible evolution of senior care.
For example, with the discovery of prehistoric bones dated back nearly 500,000 years, researchers believe that the bones of seniors indicate that as individuals became older and unable to care for themselves in such rugged times, that the community may have rallied around them to assist with basic survival.
Meanwhile in Ancient Greece and Rome, laws demanded that children care for aging parents with a punishment of loss of citizenship for not abiding. Today, in China, laws are being implemented requiring children to care for senior parents or be fined, perhaps coming full circle in an odd way.
Moving on to the 19th Century, societies in Europe and North America began to believe that they had a responsibility to care for seniors. To fulfill this responsibility, some localities built “workhouses” or “poorhouses” where seniors lived in uniforms, segregated by sex and forced to work if able to do so to contribute to society. Conditions in such places were deplorable and in 1901, and estimated 10% of English senior men lived in these establishments.
A More Modern Approach
As time went on and family units became a more cohesive form, senior care began to evolve to a more modern approach, with institutions giving way to modern nursing homes and government responsibility moving to publically funded medical care programs for senior citizens. And with the help of a growing elder care industry, and technology like homecare software or a homecare system, seniors are receiving more attentive care now than ever.
Coming from times when seniors were viewed in some cases as a burden, today’s senior care industry and family caregivers are robustly equipped with support services, funding options and technology to help care for seniors. For example, a homecare agency using a homecare system or homecare software, like ClearCare Online, can ensure that caregivers arrive at a senior’s home on time to begin a shift. Simultaneously, family caregivers can have be given secure access to the homecare software or homecare system to check in on real-time updates on their senior loved one.
Seniors are a vital part of our society and with continued advances in caregiver support and technology like homecare software to aid in better managing care, the future for seniors is looking brighter.
To read A Place for Mom’s blog post on the entire history of elder care, click here: http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/history-caring-for-elders-08-06-2013/