Evaluation of Life Quality of Home-Care Patients
S. Guclu1, R.S. Tabak2, D. Evsen1
1Dumlupinar Üniversity, School of Health Sciences, Nursing Department, Turkey
2European University of Lefke, Faculty of Health Sciences
Despite the fact that the prolongation in life span is considered as a positive progress, the preparedness of communities for this process is not satisfactory. World Health Organisation (WHO) defines the life quality as individuals’ perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns. This study was conducted to evaluate the life quality and effecting factors among elderlies taking home-care. WHOQOL-OLD was used to collect data from (49 female, 51 male) elderlies who accepted to participate in the study. Mean score was 72,91±1,15. Participants who are female, with relatively high educational status, have more frequent contact with their children, and think that their life quality increased after receiving home-care have higher life quality score. Health promoting behaviours have become important in maintaining the functional independence and life quality. Since elderlies’ contact with their people affects the quality of home-care positively, a special attention should be given to develop home-care and to improve the communication skills of home-care providers.