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Growing Old in EgyptThe Supply and Demand of Care for Older Persons$
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Thomas Boggatz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164552

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164552.001.0001

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Care Dependency and Unmet Needs: Prevalence and Contributing Factors

Care Dependency and Unmet Needs: Prevalence and Contributing Factors

(p.123) 10 Care Dependency and Unmet Needs: Prevalence and Contributing Factors
Growing Old in Egypt

Thomas Boggatz

American University in Cairo Press

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

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