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Elder Care Services In Delhi-NCR
Looking for elderly care in Delhi-NCR? Thinking about elderly care can make us wonder “where do we even begin?” Having parents around after a certain age is a blessing. But caring for the elderly can turn out to be a rather stressful job. More than that, elderly care after a point requires professional medical care in some cases as well. We, at Portea, aim to bring the professional aspect of elderly care at your doorstep. Call today to get the best at-home care for your loved ones in Delhi-NCR.
Elderly Care at Home i.e. Geriatric Care is about assistance in daily living activities like bathing, toileting, feeding, walking, etc.
Our Elderly Care Programs have been specially designed to proactively enhance the health and wellness of the elderly.
Learn about home care services for seniors that can help you maintain your independence and stay at home for as long as possible.
India has the second-highest population of elderly people in the world with 104 million people above the age of 60 years. Increasing life expectancy and a reduction in fertility rate are the chief causes of this. Between 2001 and 2011, India’s population grew by 17.7%, while the elderly population shot up by 35.5%. This led to a sharp increase in the old-age dependency ratio – more elders per 100 persons in the age group of 15-59 (working age).
The life expectancy of women in India, as observed in the entire world, is higher than men, as is their proportion. According to records from 2009-2013, life expectancy at birth for women was 69.3 years and for men 65.8 years.
90% of the elderly have no official social security - no gratuity, no provident fund, no pension.
57% of the oldest old are widows or widowers - the proportion of widowers higher than widows.
Out of 82% of economically dependent elders, 72% suffer physical abuse and resulting health problems.
Around 52% of the elder population is living in poverty and very poor health conditions.
Only 12% are aware of government elderly welfare schemes and only 5% are covered under health insurance.
NGO involvement in elderly care is a meager 3%.
Source- Help Age Report based upon Socio-Economic Caste Census, 2011
Elderly care: A social responsibility
A majority of 71% of the elderly population lives in rural India and 29% in the urban. Factors like literacy level, economic independence, age-old dependency ratio, diseases, and other health impacts vary.
Due to economic dependency, elderly women suffer the most. All elderly persons are vulnerable to disabilities, dementia and other physical and mental ailments. Around 6.4% of elderly in rural areas and 5.5% in urban areas suffer from at least one or more of these, the latter being more susceptible to stress-related disorders like heart diseases and blood pressure.
With rapid urbanization and a shift in socio-economic priorities, traditional family structures and values have changed. The trend of small, nuclear families is more prevalent than joint families. To make matters worse, the rising rate of old-age illnesses and lack of affordable geriatric services adds pressure on families. Illiteracy, poor financial savings/opportunities, and fast-paced life leave the elderly neglected and cared for. Meager old-age pensions provided by the government (Rs. 200 per month in many states barring few like Goa where it is Rs. 2000) are insufficient. It is a matter of concern that India spends only 0.032% in pensions, covering just 25% percent of the elderly population, compared to Nepal which covers 47% and China 74%.
This has compelled several NGOs to focus their work on elderly welfare programs and advocacy for elder-friendly policies.