Social support systems affect the quality of care

Social support systems affect the quality of care

Social support systems definitely affect the quality of care that the resident receives. A recent study “found that those with high quality or quantity of social networks have a decreased risk of mortality in comparison to those who have low quantity or quality of social relationships” (Reblin & Uchino, 2008).  Press other documents support that a social network results in less cases of depression. Either way having a social support system in place is imperative for the residence whether it’s with their peers or with the staff they need to be connected. Finding a facility that takes the time to provide this social support to the residence is imperative for the long Jevity of the health of the resident.

Community-based programs and services affect independence on the aging population?

As we know their vast community programs available to the older population however though these may aid in the social support system for the older adult they do not necessarily affect how independent a person may be. Though some of these programs are focused on “ways to extend health into later life and prevent further disability and illness” programs designed for older adults generally only target exercise and nutrition. Nutrition is not going to affect the independence of an individual however it can help you lead a healthier life exercise may impact the independence of a person barring any mobility issues however finding a community-based program that will accommodate them ability of an older adult is imperative should we recommend this type of program outside of the facility designated for their care. Ultimately community-based programs and services are great on the surface however when looking at shows the older person enrolled in one of these programs we need to make sure that the program is designed to meet their specific needs.

However if we take a look at the community-based programs such as para-transit that can affect the independence of the individual. If the individual is no longer able to drive themselves however they are still able to request a ride from community-based ridesharing service then they are still able to have some semblance of independence. This can go along way to making the individual still feel as though they’re part of society as a whole, when these programs are community-based they do impact the independence of the person. If you take away someone’s mode of transportation then your confining them to one place having these community-based transportation services allows them to still go out into the world.

Should individuals and couples consider these variables when making choices?

Variables that are geared towards the social aspect and both community-based programs should be considered when selecting if it’s silly because it does impact the health of the individual. Mental health is a key factor in physical health and in order maintain optimal mental health we need to take programs that focus on these attributes into consideration. When facilities accommodate social support into their programs it makes the residence happier in this allows them to still feel connected, just as community-based programs do the same thing for people who are either not in a facility or transitioning into a facility they want to feel as though there still connected to their friends, and their community these programs are just one step in allowing them to maintain that connection.

Why should families or caregivers consider these variables when making choices for another individual?

Families or caregivers should definitely consider these variables when making the choice of a facility or treatment option for their loved one. We need to ensure that the individual will be in a place where they’re comfortable taking them away from social activities or experiences or preventing them from still being a part of the community is detrimental to their health. Families have to factor in that they may not always be able to see their loved one as often as they would like having the supports in place allows for the individual to still have that connection even if it’s not with their family all the time. Family members and caregivers also want to know that the person that they’re treating or that they care for is happy and in a safe place getting not only the best medical care that they can receive but also that other needs such as social and community based needs are being attended to, without these programs the total needs of the person are not being taken care of.

What other variables may affect choices? Why are these important to consider?

Another variable that may affect choice is that of cost And distance from the individuals families. Cost factors into everything that which is so ensuring that were selecting a place that the individual will be able to afford long term is imperative so that we don’t uproute the social or community aspect of that person life. Also keep in the individual close to other family members or people who care for them should also be considered when selecting of the silly because we want to in sure that the social aspect of their well-being is taken care of not only within the facility but also outside of it. In addition if we drastically change the community that the individual is familiar with they could put them into a shocker situation that’s causing additional physical stress is there not needed.

Alternately when it comes to selecting a place for an individual to spend their later years we need to take into account many of our goals not just the ones that were dressed here but other things that may come up in the conversation later we want the person to be happy safe and well cared for and in order to do that we need to make sure that all of these variables are accounted for. 


Reblin, M., & Uchino, B. (2008, March). Social and Emotional Support and its Implication for Health. Current opinion in psychiatry, 21(2), 201-205. doi:10.1097/YCO.0b013e3282f3ad89

Shapiro, S., & Taylor, M. (2002, June). Effects of a Community-Based Early Intervention Program on the Subjective Well-Being, Institutionalization, and Mortality of Low-Income Elders. The Gerontologist, 42(3), 334–341. doi:10.1093/geront/42.3.334