Social Assessment of Geriatric Patients

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBrocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781416062318
StatePublished - Dec 27 2010

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Assessments of social functioning and social well-being within the context of a nursing home or board-and-care home need to take into account the nature of the setting. Although elaborate approaches to examine how the individual fits into the community have been made for research purposes, 69 this area of assessment is in its infancy in terms of scale development to be applied to residents. Sometimes this work is lumped with satisfaction measures that are tailored to specific residential programs. A large ongoing project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concentrates on measuring quality-of-life outcomes for nursing home residents and has developed short scales to tap 11 dimensions of quality of life: meaningful activity, individuality, dignity, privacy, enjoyment, relationships, comfort, functional competence, spiritual well-being, sense of security and order, and autonomy. 70 These measures largely deal with social as opposed to physical functioning, and choice or systematic attention, although elaborate measures of environmental climates have been made for research purposes.

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