There are many definitions of Quality of Life. Here's a good one:
"Quality of Life (QoL) is the perceived quality of and individual's daily life, an assessment of their well-being or lack of thereof. This includes not only physical but also emotional, social, and environmental aspects of life. In healthcare, health-related QoL (HRQoL) is an assessments of how the individual's well-being may be affected by disease, disability, conditions, or disorders."
We believe a Senior's Quality of Life is no different from younger people's Quality of Life in the sense that it is multi-faceted and must include different aspects beyond physical and mental well-being.
Nevertheless, Senior people's reality is generally very different from younger adults' because of the higher prevalence of disabling conditions and diseases that make them frailer and more dependant : they need help from their families and Care Professionals like yourself.
At SeniorGrowth, our geriatricians have built our own Senior-focused Quality of Life assessment tool building on years of Geriatric research. We have inspired ourselves on existing QoL Surveys (see a list here, List of Surveys) but adapted them to the realities of Senior Caregiving.
Check this article about our Assessments and errors with Quality of Life evaluations (How good are SeniorGrowth QoL Assessments?).
Progressive practical Care
We believe that, although Seniors are the end of their lives, they can aspire to achieve the best Quality of Life they possibly can and we, as care providers, have the responsibility to support them in improving their QoL.
We have built our tool to be easy-to-use and practical: our goal is that Care Providers use the results of SeniorGrowth to act or convince families to act towards improving Quality of Life of Seniors. For that, we have divided our Assessment and results in 6 categories: Physical Health, Mental Wellbeing, Family & Friends, Eating & Nutrition, Home & Environment, and Activity & Purpose.
The reason we have used those categories is because we wanted to make the Assessments actionable:
- Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing are Final Categories, their values are the results of physical and mental conditions as well as the effects of the Instrumental Categories. They are generally the main elements in most Senior Care assessments. Classical caregiving focuses on responding to needs identified in the Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing categories.
- Family & Friends, Eating & Nutrition, Home & Environment, and Activity & Purpose are Instrumental Categories and they describe lifestyle and environment: by acting on them, you can dramatically improve Quality of Life and have a positive impact on Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing.
Progressive Caregiving covers the Physical and Mental Categories, but also aims at acting on Lifestyle and Environment to improve Quality of Life.