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Care Needs and Care Dependency

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774164552.003.0009
Care Needs and Care Dependency

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In order to supply adequate and appropriate services for older persons, it is useful to identify their needs. This chapter introduces the concept of care dependency, which is defined as the need to receive support in order to compensate for a self-care deficit. Care dependency can be determined only by subjective assessments. For this reason, perceived needs are likely to be related to care-seeking attitudes, although they are not identical. Feeling a need for support and liking to receive it are two distinct phenomena. The assessment of care dependency provides an idea about the amount of care needed to compensate for deficits and limitations, whereas the assessment of care-seeking attitudes informs about the kind of support that is accepted by the older persons.

Keywords: older persons; care dependency; self-care deficit; perceived needs; care-seeking attitudes

Chapter.  3648 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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