The initial stage of an average human life is directed towards character moulding and building a career. Once accomplished, it focuses on settling down and starting a family of your own. The next stage places prime importance on balancing a successful career and family life, while the last stage involves retiring peacefully.
Individuals within the retirement age of 60 to 80 years, enjoy rich promises for a fulfilling life. This, however, is marked with the condition of frailty accompanied by bodily failure and escalates the chances of greater dependence on the individual’s family.
Ageing involves a multitude of generic illnesses, and disabilities that damage, weaken and impair daily bodily functions, sometimes resulting in a loss of mobility. This increases the dependence of an elderly individual on his or her family. Nonetheless, ageing is inevitable and the implications that accompany it remain a prime factor of concern to each and every one of us.
Recent statistics have revealed that the number of people above the age of 60 is growing rapidly, especially in India. India has 76.6 million people at or over the age of 60, constituting for around 7.7 per cent of the total population. The problems faced by this segment of the population are numerous owing to the socio-cultural changes within the Indian society and the major area of concern is the health of the elderly.
Securing the health of its citizens is the government’s top priority, and to provide health services across various sections of society, the government follows a three-tiered public health system namely Primary Health Centres (PHC) in villages, District Hospitals, and Tertiary Care Hospitals. The government guarantees that the elderly population has the right to basic facilities such as pensions, government schemes and benefits and healthcare, to name a few. Along with these initiatives, Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL) is committed to aiding this cause and ensures that basic health and safety requirements of senior citizens are met with, via the 1298 helpline services.
This helpline is available 24*7 as a support system for elderly people facing any emotional or physical trouble. Once reached out, a representative of Ziqitza Health Care Limited keenly listens and understands the need of the concerned person. On comprehensive analysis of the situation, the call is then redirected to concerned NGOs or institutions so that the person can receive help at the earliest. If the person is experiencing a medical emergency, then the ZHL ambulance can also be sent to the location of the patient.
It has been noted that a considerable number of critically ill senior citizens do not undergo regular medical tests and live away from their children or loved ones. Ziqitza understands that in such cases patients must seek support, via the 1298 helpline, as he or she will be provided necessary assistance in time with just one call.
With the help of such services, NGOs and institutions operating to provide assistance to the elderly are brought closer to the ones in need. With emotional stability being deemed important as physical wellbeing by the medical community today, this service can help ensure holistic health and security of senior citizens, making it a critical support-network for the elderly across the country.