Quality of life and the role of a family in elderly careQuality of life is “an individual’s perception of his or her position in life in the context of the culture and value system where they live, and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns. It is a broad ranging concept, incorporating in a complex way a person’s physical health, psychological state, level of independence, social relationships, personal beliefs and relationship to salient features in the environment.”(1)

In old age, the quality of life is determined by the ability to maintain autonomy and independence. Longer life expectancy of older people can lead to lower quality of life when accompanied by relative factors like diminished coping and cognitive ability, lower income and decreased physiological and psychological functioning.

Family support plays a major role in the quality of life for the elderly. Most of the elderly rely on their family member for assistance. Families are resilient and resourceful groups that connect the elderly to the past and present in personally meaningful ways. The importance of family rises with advanced age as the elderly need more support and help in their later life. During chronic illness or times of crisis, the importance of family involvement cannot be overstated.

Quality of life and the role of a family in elderly careIn addition to providing basic care to the elderly, such as bathing, dressing, administering medication and feeding, family also provides advocacy, love and emotional support. This is especially important for older adults with mental health histories, disabilities and those residing in nursing homes. Family support directly influences the care individuals receive. Involved family members focused on the wellbeing of their loved one ensure the best level of care, resulting in a better quality of life.

At TransMedCare, we embrace the importance of family support and welcome family members and even pets to accompany loved ones during long distance transport. We are committed to minimizing stress and providing the highest level of comfort and emotional support for your loved one. And at the end of the trip… we’re all family.

1) Active Ageing: A policy framework, Revised 2002