What is holistic care for the elderly? This question is often discussed amongst elderly and their caregivers or medical providers. Elderly often wonder how a holistic plan can be one that is both beneficial and effective while providing the results that can be measured. In evaluating the effects of a holistic approach, the individual must assess their needs as a whole person. Rather than just focusing on one specific diagnosis or ailment that has become chronic, a person might consider their entire way of life as a blank slate in painting a healthier lifestyle. Holistically, a whole person has many facets that contribute to their overall well-being such as mind, body, and soul. Quite often, specific needs of the elderly are overlooked such as spiritual needs, loneliness and social isolation, and independence in self-care.
How can these important factors of well-being for the elderly affect their overall health? Let’s consider one of the holistic markers of care: independence in self-care. When elderly remain feeling independent in their self-care, they show signs of improvement to cognitive functioning and memory, lower feelings of anxiety/depression, potential less feelings of social isolation, and other organic factors that contribute to a better overall well-being, such as better sleep. Oftentimes, it takes a team of professionals to contribute to a holistic health approach for wellness. Quality Health Care Concierge provides personalized private companion care and allows for all of their clients to have access to a wide-range of holistic care practitioners in the state of Florida. Many of our partners provide support services to help our clients remain independent, on the right track, supported, and monitored holistically! Some of our favorite services include those of Geriatric Care Management Senior Options Enrichment Program that provides evidence-based strategies for senior mental health during the pandemic.