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Natl J Community Med. 2015; 6(1): 73-77


Old Age Homes: Reasons for Admission and the Assessment of Health-Related Quality of Life of Inmates

Sanjay Dixit, S.B.Bansal, Sonal Banzal≥, Roshini Saleem Raja, Shivani Dua, Rudri Agrawal.

Abstract
"Background: Aging is a normal phenomenon, and there had been a demographic transition which has led to the continuous increase in elderly population. As this group of people is more vulnerable to various health problems, therefore a study was carried out with following objec-tives.
Objectives: To study the reasons responsible for elderly opting for old age homes and Health relat-ed quality of life (HRQOL) of people living in old age homes.
Methods: A cross sectional study was done on 195 partici-pants living in the old age homes. A semi structured ques-tionnaire was used to assess so-cio-demographic profile and factor responsible for elderly opt-ing for old age homes. The Chi square test with Yates correction was applied.
Results: A total of 195 elderly, 99 males and 96 females, were in-terviewed. The mean age of the subjects was 78.12. A majority of the population (83.07%), came to these old age homes by their own will because they didnít have anybody to look after them (68.20%). 41.90% subjects had an improvement in their health sta-tus in the past one year, 54.30% subjects felt that there could not get any worse.
Conclusion: The Elderly popula-tions came to the old age home because of loneliness, didnít had anyone to look after them, had no place to live, didnít want to be a burden on anyone and wanted an independent life. Mild to moderate body pain and physi-cal health or emotional problems were commonest problem expe-rienced by participants."

Key words: Geriatrics, Health-Related Quali-ty of Life, Old age homes



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