Thisstudy strives to evaluate the effect of care given to the elderly onthe overall healthy and perception of life by the elderly. Therefore,this study will focus on the elderly considering variables such astheir location, their activity level as well as the type of caregiven to them. Most of the elderly are usually frail and cannotperform most of their basic activities on their own. Therefore, theyrequire some help in accomplishing these activities. Friends andfamilies assume that the best solution is to place the elderly in ahome for the aged where they receive the care they need(King et al. 2014).This means that they will be placed under the care of a nurse whoseduty will be to take care of them. The nurse performs all tasks, andthe patient does not have to do anything which could leave them boredfor many hours without doing anything. The patient may feelcomfortable since everything is done for them, but in a real sense,this does more damage to the patient rather than help them (You,et al. 2013).
Thefocus of the study will be to observe and interact with the selectedsample of the elderly. The target population for the study will bethe elderly in homes for the aged and those in their actual homes whowill be selected randomly. The problem of the researcher will be tocompare the elderly in the homes for the aged and their counterpartsin their actual homes (Hung,Bai,& Lu2015). The research will observe factors such as satisfaction withlife, optimism of the future and their overall strength to performbasic activities. These factors will be observed and determine whobetween those in homes of the aged and those in their actual homesare more satisfied, optimistic and stronger. This will enable theresearch to either prove the null hypothesis to be true or thealternate hypothesis to be true.
P– PATIENT, POPULATION OR PROBLEM
Thepatients to be observed for this study are the elderly who are abovethe age of 55 years. The research will focus on the type of careprovided to them, their location and level of activity and how thesevariables affect the overall health of the elderly and theirperception of life. The researcher will observe the elderly in theirhomes as well as those in the homes of the aged and draw conclusionsfrom the findings. The problem that will be addressed by thisresearch will be to determine the best care for the elderly and thebest location to provide this care.
Thisresearch will try to determine the best way to provide care to theelderly. It will also enable the researcher understand the effect ofthe location of the patient on the patient. The clinician will beable to advise the patient on the best care better that the patientrequires as well as advice family members whether to take the patientto a home of the elderly or give the care in their actual homes. Ifthe patient is well informed of the best care and location, theoverall health and perception of the life of the patient will beexpected to be affected positively.
Whenthe patients are observed in their homes or in the homes for theaged, comparisons will be done to determine which patient is moresatisfied. Variables such as optimism of future, strength to performbasic activities on their own and satisfaction with life will beused to differentiate both patients. From the differences, theresearcher will be able to determine who between the two patients hasbetter care and is more satisfied with life.
Thegoal of this study is to determine the best type of care for patientsconsidering their locations. My hope as the researcher is to confirmif care provided in the homes of the aged is better than the carethat patient can get in their actual homes. I hope this study willconvince more people to take care of their elderly in their homessince I expect that the patients in their actual homes will be betteroff compared to those in homes for the elderly.
Currently,most people prefer to take their elderly in homes for the aged. Myaim as a researcher is to change this perception and prove that theelderly can receive better care and be healthier when the care isprovided in their homes surrounded by their families and friends.
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King,R., Cela, E., Fokkema, T., & Vullnetari, J. (2014). The Migrationand Well‐Beingof the Zero Generation: Transgenerational Care, Grandparenting, andLoneliness amongst Albanian Older People. Population,Space and Place, 20(8),728-738.
Hung,K., Bai, X., & Lu, J. (2015). Understanding Travel Constraintsamong the Elderly in Hong Kong: A Comparative Study of the ElderlyLiving in Private and in Public Housing. Journalof Travel & Tourism Marketing,1-20.