Impact of Care-Homes on the Psychological and Social State of Elderly Residents of Care-Homes in Nigeria (Published)
This study aims to determine the impact of care-homes on the psychological and social state of residents of care-homes in Lagos state Nigeria. The design employed for the research was the survey approach and a sample of 150 elderly residents of care homes were selected in 8 care-homes in the State. A validated instrument titled “Questionnaire on the impact of care-homes on the psychological and social state of the elderly” was used to collect the data. Analysis was carried on the data collected employing the t-test. From the results obtained it was established that there is a significant difference between the psychological and social state of aged residents of care-homes and aged individuals residing with their relations. Based on the findings, a number of recommendations were made which include; regular counseling services should be provided for the aged residents in care-homes to help tackle the psychological challenges they face due to the aging, care-givers should assist the aged residents through social services that will aid adjust to the challenges of aging and the operations of the care-home institution, The government must involve itself in the care of the aged in the society by building and providing facilities and subsidizing medications, the government should introduce policies that seek to improve the conditions of the aged in the society such as the effective implementation of the national policy on the aged, non-government organizations and government should organize regular training of care-givers as a strategy to improve the psycho-social status of the residents of these homes.
The Informal Caregiver of an Old Family Member (Published)
The objective of this research was to analyze the risk and protective factors present in the informal caregiver of an old relative, in two families of the Municipality of Hecelchakán, of the State of Campeche. The method used was carried out using a qualitative approach of an exploratory nature. The sample consisted of 2 families (main caregiver) of the municipality of Hecelchakán. An interview was applied where the following items were considered: family, economic, social, health and emotional. The results obtained from this project indicate that among the risk factors is the family area, with little or no support in the care of the elderly, likewise the health factor of the people involved undoubtedly affects their well-being. The protective role is given by the society in which they are immersed and the love they feel for who is in their care. As conclusions we can say that the primary caregiver should have help and try to distribute the work more equitably, the secondary caregiver should also be involved in the care of the old relative. The main recommendations are to activate care programs for informal caregivers and to carry out more research about the informal caregiver