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TitleQuality of life in older adults: Benefits from caring services in Hong Kong
 
AuthorsCheung, JCK1
Kwan, AYH1
Chan, SSC1
Ngan, RMH1
Ng, SH1
Leung, EMF1
Lau, A1
 
Issue Date2005
 
PublisherSpringer Netherlands. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0303-8300
 
CitationSocial Indicators Research, 2005, v. 71 n. 1, p. 291-334 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-004-8021-3
 
AbstractMany older adults are in need of care. Therefore, older people would generally benefit from the use of caring services, notably including home care, residential care, nursing, and medical services. The contributory factors underlying caring services tend to be a caring perspective that aspires to sustain older people's social relationships and real-life involvement. To gauge the benefits from various social and health services, the present study relies on a large-scale survey of 3000 older adults in Hong Kong, using quality of life as a criterion. Results showed that an older adult who had used (ordinary or enhanced) home care services for a longer time turned out to have appreciably more improvement in quality of life. Besides, those who joined an interest group more frequently were higher in quality of life, including the health domain. On the other hand, frequent use of medical and meal-to-home services were signals that reflected problems detrimental to the older user's quality of life. Despite this, the quality of clinics or hospitals, as perceived by the older adult, was the most beneficial. As such, caring services that foster older adults' interests, cater to their health care needs, and embody quality can have principal contribution to their users' quality of life. © Springer 2005.
 
ISSN0303-8300
2013 Impact Factor: 1.452
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-004-8021-3
 
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dc.contributor.authorLeung, EMF
 
dc.contributor.authorLau, A
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. Chinese University of Hong Kong