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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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(p.137) 11 Conclusion
Growing Old in Egypt

Thomas Boggatz

American University in Cairo Press

The acceptance of home care service or nursing homes does not allow one to draw conclusions about the need to receive a particular kind of support. According to the findings, the majority of both non-care-service recipients and care service recipients would reject home care service, yet this is the service mainly used by care-dependent older persons, and the service that shows the lowest percentage of unmet needs. In contrast, nursing-home residents are less care-dependent, but use these facilities to satisfy psychosocial needs. Consequently, home care service has to be considered as the most adequate response to age-related care dependency. Most Egyptians, however, cannot afford professional care at all. Older persons of low socioeconomic status are more exposed to care dependency. To support this group, Egypt should invest in strengthening the capacity of voluntary groups or charitable organizations that support care-dependent older persons in the poorer strata of Egyptian society.

Keywords:   home care service, nursing homes, older persons, psychosocial needs, care dependency, socioeconomic status, charitable organizations

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