Attitudes toward Care Services in the Home

Thomas Boggatz

in Growing Old in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9789774164552
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970412 | DOI:
Attitudes toward Care Services in the Home

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This chapter presents the results of a qualitative study that investigated the attitudes of older Egyptians toward home care services. When asked about nursing homes, study participants tended to reject this option despite the fact that nursing homes are the most common care facility in Egypt. This raised a question about the attitudes of older persons who live in such places. The comparison of factors related to older persons' care-seeking attitudes revealed two conflicting perspectives: a modernistic value system that appreciates the individual's independence and self-sufficiency, and a traditional value system that adheres strongly to family integrity and filial piety. Care from professionals seems to fit into the modern way of life, whereas care from family members seems to be the acceptable solution in traditional societies.

Keywords: qualitative study; older Egyptians; care-seeking attitudes; modernistic value system; traditional value system

Chapter.  5728 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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