We think that socio-psychological support services to be given to the elderly are very important as the second part of the services that should be provided in the Nursing Home and Elderly Care Centers.
However, since the nature of traditional family structure in our country has created a sense of living together with the elders, children and grandchildren, to date, no education or institution, including universities, has found out sources and curriculum related to elder psychology.
Although it is known that there is an intense fear of longing and death in the past, it is impossible to expect 3-4 hours with a parent every day of a child who can not spend time with his / her children due to traffic stress, work stress; this makes elders suffers from psychological loneliness in metropolitan cities. This is even more noticeable in our old people who have lost their husbands, never married or married but have not any children.
Nasrettin Hodja is asked: ” When will the doomsday be?” Hodja gives a humorous answer, ” the small doomsday shall be on the day when my wife will die, and the real doomsday shall be the day when I will die, ” he replies.
We are aware that we are obliged to provide peaceful life in a comfortable environment for our elders who feel the loneliness when they come to the institutions where due to health reasons, loneliness, safe, controlled and the professionals are made professional.
The first way to improve the quality of nursing home service that will be provided is to know the needs of the elderly and to start by designing the institutions according to the elderly psychology by the operator and the next step is to take care to ensure that the Responsible Manager has adequate knowledge and is in harmony with his profession.
After the establishment of a professional infrastructure, the authorities takes the responsibility to accept the elder to the institution, they are visited at their own house and the most suitable ones are determined according to their personality and socio-cultural levels. Whether or not the person is old or confined to bed is taken into consideration in the preference of the room. It is even preferred that the elder shall be accompanied by their relatives in the reception and transferred.
It is our basic aim to keep the elder’s first opinion positive about the institution by welcoming the elder warmly at the door of the institution and to make the elder feels that he / she is not alone in solving their problems and to listen their complaints by visiting their rooms permanently during their stay in the institution.
It is aimed at preventing elders morale and motivation from adverse affects while leading the visitors visiting the elder under the guidance of personnel with experience on the elder psychology education and relations with elders.