Factors Associated with Elderly Care from Caregivers in Chuen Chom District, Mahasarakham Province, Thailand

Authors

  • Turnbull N, Chuppawa W, Chada W, Kodchalee K

Keywords:

Elderly, Caregiver, Behaviour of elderly care

Abstract

The number of the elderly continues to rise each year in Thailand, which suggests the elderly need more care. A cross sectional survey was employed to investigate the factors associated with elderly care from caregivers in Chuen Chom district, Mahasarakham province, THAILAND. The interviews were conducted in the form of a questionnaire which was divided into 5 parts with Conbach’s coefficients reliability of 0.73 to 0.80. Data were analysed by descriptive statistics as well as the investigation of factors affecting the care for the elderly from caregivers by inferential statistics. The results indicate that most caregivers were female, daughters of elderly, married, educated to a primary school level, farmers, with an average monthly income of 4,736 baht. The average length of care for the elderly was 19 years and 11.79 hours per day. The carers were overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) at the second level (25.00 to 29.99). The elderly while under the care of a caregiver had a median age of 78.35 years. The caregivers had good social and spiritual health comfort, knowledge of care giving, and their attitudes toward care for the elderly and their behaviour were at a moderate level. It was found that the factors relating to behaviour for the care of the elderly were monthly income, the time of caring for the elderly, their blood pressure, their social and spiritual comfort with their health status, and their knowledge and attitudes toward elderly care. These factors had a significant correlation to the caregiver behaviours of p-value 0.042, 0.001, 0.003, 0.001, 0.001, and 0.001 respectively. The results indicated that caregivers of elderly people have a poor health status in many aspects. Therefore, the care provider should be given regular healthcare management including a regular health check-ups. Policy makers and stakeholders should also be encouraging the caregivers to receive more health care support.

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01-02-2019

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นิรุวรรณ เทิร์นโบล์ Ph.D., วิพา ชุปวา ส.ม., วิลาวัณย์ ชาดา ศศ.ม., กรรณิการ์ โคตรชารี ส.บ. Factors Associated with Elderly Care from Caregivers in Chuen Chom District, Mahasarakham Province, Thailand. j dept med ser [Internet]. 2019 Feb. 1 [cited 2022 Aug. 10];44(1):127-30. Available from: https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JDMS/article/view/247038

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