Elderly care is an extremely important and pressing topic lately. Different countries have a different approach to this important matter. Let’s take a look at some of the many different types of senior care systems around the world.
In Belgium a big part of elderly care is funded publicly by taxes. Moreover, people in Belgium normally go above and beyond to guarantee that their elderly relatives can remain in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. Belgium also offers “service flats” for elders who want to live independently but still have access to assisted living, home help services and cooked meals if they decide they need them.
“Kangaroo housing” is another initiative offered by Belgium. That is elders living in the same house but on different floors with immigrant families. The idea is that the family will help the elder if he needs it. Such a project was undertaken in the Belgian district of Molenbeek where 25 % of the population are elders and 60% – immigrants. This project can benefit both parties since it will improve their sense of belonging in the community and their general well-being.
In countries like Germany the cohabiting care system means that elders can live together in community apartments so that they have more independence and the chance to socialize. Germany also has “multigeneration” centers which normally consist of a kindergarten, a social center for elders and a place where young families can stop by for socializing or support. The elders can socialize with children by singing songs, playing or telling stories.
The care system in the USA is private for the most part. For example, there is a program called Medicaid which help elders with their medical expenses including some present of the care in the nursing home. If an elder wants to move to a nursing home that is often financed by private healthcare too. A survey by the American Association of Retired Persons states that almost 90% of elders say that they would like to remain in their homes. Private care insurance helps with that since it offers pay for home help like cooking and cleaning. According to the survey only 4% of the elderly would prefer to move to a relative’s home. However, 75% of the adult children of these elders are worried about their parents and their future options. It is reported that care for elders costs their adult children yearly between $7 000 and $14 000.