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Perceptions & expectations of institutionalised elderly people

D.C. Groenewald, S.J.E.J. van Vuuren
Curationis | Vol 21, No 1 | a609 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v21i1.609 | © 1998 D.C. Groenewald, S.J.E.J. van Vuuren | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1998 | Published: 27 September 1998

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D.C. Groenewald, University of the Free State, South Africa
S.J.E.J. van Vuuren, University of the Free State, South Africa

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Abstract

In the proposed policy for the care of the elderly, the emphasis has shifted from institutional care to community based care. However, it cannot simply be accepted that the elderly are ready and willing to be cared for in a different manner. The purpose of this study is to ascertain the perceptions and expectations of institutionalised elderly regarding the old age homes or retirement villages they live in. It would be futile to force community care on the elderly if the necessary services and community involvement in this regard are lacking and particularly if the elderly themselves have a negative perception of this type of care. The successful implementation of the proposed policy at grassroots level thus depends on the resocialisation of the elderly as well as the community.

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