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Elderly care recipients in a swedish municipality living in their own homes and being cared for by their families; their diseases, functional health status and care provided as reported by formal carers.

Olivius, Gunilla; Rahm Hallberg, Ingalill LU and Olsson, Birgitta (1996) In Health & Social Care in the Community 4(3). p.133-141
Abstract
The aim of this study was to investigate from the perspective of formal carers the care given to people aged 65 and over, who are cared for in their own homes by informal care. Thirty-three district nurses (DNs) and 20 home service assistants in a municipality with 13500 inhabitants (over 65 years old), were interviewed about the location of care recipients and 398 care recipients were located. Most of them were over 80 years old and had more than one disease (62%), mostly related to the circulatory system (27%). Dependence in three or more of the Katz ADL categories was seen in 30%, reduced mobility in 67%, reduced memory in 34% to a degree that restricted their everyday life and 34% of them could seldom or never be alone. Care had been... (More)
The aim of this study was to investigate from the perspective of formal carers the care given to people aged 65 and over, who are cared for in their own homes by informal care. Thirty-three district nurses (DNs) and 20 home service assistants in a municipality with 13500 inhabitants (over 65 years old), were interviewed about the location of care recipients and 398 care recipients were located. Most of them were over 80 years old and had more than one disease (62%), mostly related to the circulatory system (27%). Dependence in three or more of the Katz ADL categories was seen in 30%, reduced mobility in 67%, reduced memory in 34% to a degree that restricted their everyday life and 34% of them could seldom or never be alone. Care had been given for three years or more for 57% of these people. The monitoring of the disabilities and reduced functional health status differed significantly between the diagnostic groups. Home help service was associated with the care recipients' ADL index but not with their need for continuous monitoring. The DNs' care did not relate to any of the variables. In conclusion, diagnoses, the care recipients ability to be alone and functional health status are important variables to include when assessing the demands for home care and when planning supplementary care for home care recipients and their informal caregivers. (Less)
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ability to be alone, dependency, diagnosis, home care, informal care, needs assessment
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Health & Social Care in the Community
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4
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3
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133 - 141
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0966-0410
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10.1111/j.1365-2524.1996.tb00057.x
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  author       = {Olivius, Gunilla and Rahm Hallberg, Ingalill and Olsson, Birgitta},
  issn         = {0966-0410},
  keyword      = {ability to be alone,dependency,diagnosis,home care,informal care,needs assessment},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {133--141},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Health & Social Care in the Community},
  title        = {Elderly care recipients in a swedish municipality living in their own homes and being cared for by their families; their diseases, functional health status and care provided as reported by formal carers.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2524.1996.tb00057.x},
  volume       = {4},
  year         = {1996},
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