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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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Attitudes toward Care Services in the Home

Attitudes toward Care Services in the Home

(p.47) 5 Attitudes toward Care Services in the Home
Growing Old in Egypt

Thomas Boggatz

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter presents the results of a qualitative study that investigated the attitudes of older Egyptians toward home care services. When asked about nursing homes, study participants tended to reject this option despite the fact that nursing homes are the most common care facility in Egypt. This raised a question about the attitudes of older persons who live in such places. The comparison of factors related to older persons' care-seeking attitudes revealed two conflicting perspectives: a modernistic value system that appreciates the individual's independence and self-sufficiency, and a traditional value system that adheres strongly to family integrity and filial piety. Care from professionals seems to fit into the modern way of life, whereas care from family members seems to be the acceptable solution in traditional societies.

Keywords:   qualitative study, older Egyptians, care-seeking attitudes, modernistic value system, traditional value system

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