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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 Needs and Care Dependency

Care Needs and Care Dependency

(p.101) 8 Care Needs and Care Dependency
Growing Old in Egypt

Thomas Boggatz

American University in Cairo Press

In order to supply adequate and appropriate services for older persons, it is useful to identify their needs. This chapter introduces the concept of care dependency, which is defined as the need to receive support in order to compensate for a self-care deficit. Care dependency can be determined only by subjective assessments. For this reason, perceived needs are likely to be related to care-seeking attitudes, although they are not identical. Feeling a need for support and liking to receive it are two distinct phenomena. The assessment of care dependency provides an idea about the amount of care needed to compensate for deficits and limitations, whereas the assessment of care-seeking attitudes informs about the kind of support that is accepted by the older persons.

Keywords:   older persons, care dependency, self-care deficit, perceived needs, care-seeking attitudes

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