One hundred and ninety elderly people receiving home health service were investigated.
The intellectual levels, depressive state evaluated by the Cornell scale for depression in dementia (CSDD) scale, abnormal behaviors evaluated by the dementia behavior disturbance (DBD) scale, and activities of daily living (ADL) were examined.
These assessments were performed by 72 skilled home helpers who also assessed the severity of their own level of stress using the Burnout scale.
The intellectual level and mood-related signs, based on the CSDD scale, of the elderly living with families or with a spouse were diminished significantly as compared to the elderly living alone.
The elderly living with families also performed worse on all ADL categories except for visual acuity as compared to the elderly living with a spouse or living alone.
There was no significant correlation between the Burnout scale score and age or frequency of working as a home helper.
These results suggest that elderly people living with families as compared to the elderly living with a spouse or living alone have greater mental health needs as well as more profound physical limitations.
Mots-clés Pascal : Service santé, A domicile, Aptitude intellectuelle, Etat dépressif, Trouble comportement, Activité, Vie quotidienne, Stress, Personnel sanitaire, Vieillard, Homme, Trouble humeur
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health service, At home, Intellectual ability, Depression, Behavioral disorder, Activity, Daily living, Stress, Health staff, Elderly, Human, Mood disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0097825
Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 22/06/1998.