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Natl J Community Med. 2014; 5(1): 21-24


Quality of Life of Elderly People and Assessment of Facilities Available in Old Age Homes of Lucknow, India

Abhishek Gupta, Uday Mohan, Sarvada C Tiwari, Shivendra K Singh, Vijay K Singh.

Abstract
"Introduction: The old-age home industry is mostly unregulated and there is a need for putting in place certain minimum standards. Many times poor and destitute persons who may need institution-based care cannot afford them.Long-term care has a price, and there is also a need for debate on its policy and best practice.
Objective:The objectives were to study the quality of life of elderly people, to assess the facilities available and the factors associated with elderly people for availing the residential services of old age homes.
Methodology: It was a descriptive cross-sectional study. Study popu-lation was elderly (age ≥60 years) enrolled in public and private old age homes (OAHs) of Lucknow city. All the elderly living in OAHs for ≥ 6 months and had given the consent for interview were includ-ed in the study.
Results:The most important reason for elderly people living in public OAHs was no care taking person at home (77.1%) and private OAHs it was (36.4%). Services like medical services, recreational facilities, safety, space availability and staff availability were significantly bet-ter (p

Key words: Public old age home, private old age home, elderly, Quality of Life



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