Geriatrics

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Submitted By Mashchapeyama
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Mashell Chapeyama

Sociology

Zimbabwe

Scenario:

The situation is that I am working as a volunteer in a nursing home in my home town. I do enjoy doing such work. Ad a result I now decide to pursue my career in geriatric care. However there are some disturbing developments in this area in my home area. Some of the residents of this home are being neglected. It is clear that there is no abuse of the residents; however the service delivery is poor in that the needs of the residents are not urgently met when needed. Assistance to those in need is given after some time after request. Some people who need medical care are ignored by the staff. Geriatrics
I need to explain what geriatric care is all about. It is about the caring of the elderly people in the society. Many elderly people are faced with many various problems. Therefore they need care. Some problems which the elderly people may face include the following:
• They may have illnesses of various natures
• They may have problems that arise from side effects of medication they get
• They may feel isolated and neglected
• They may have problems related to the loss of memory
• They may be living in squalid conditions
• Some may have difficulties in walking and may have problems of falling
• Some might have disabilities that come up due to age
• Some may have some dysfunctional systems
• Mental disabilities are also a problem
• Some have problems in driving their cars
• Some have long standing bills.
Therefore geriatrics is concerned about looking after the old people in terms of problems such as those stated above. It also deals with looking at the living conditions of these elderly people. Some of these people may have dependents that need caring, yet some do not have any one to look after. What happens therefore in many countries and societies is that there homes that are built were the aged…...

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