Care Dependency and Unmet Needs: Prevalence and Contributing Factors

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:
Care Dependency and Unmet Needs: Prevalence and Contributing Factors

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Care dependency is a perceived need for help with regard to self-care activities. The Care Dependency Scale (CDS) was designed to assess these needs. This chapter explores care needs among older Egyptians as measured by the Arabic CDS. It describes the prevalence of the different aspects of care dependency in order to determine which kind of support is most needed. The result is different for care service recipients and non-care-service recipients. As care service recipients are composed of home care service recipients and nursing-home residents, a further differentiation provides an idea about the prevalence and type of care problems in each kind of care facility. An assessment of unmet needs is useful as an indicator of the quality of care, since it shows which types of facilities satisfy most of the existing needs.

Keywords: self-care activities; Care Dependency Scale; care needs; older Egyptians; care service recipients

Chapter.  4371 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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