Improving Life Satisfaction for the Elderly Living Independently in the Community: Care Recipients' Perspective of Volunteers

Anne Wilson

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    Abstract

    With an aging population who wish to remain living in the community, this article explores the experiences and benefits of receiving volunteer services from a home support program established to assist people with increasing needs to remain living independently. Face to face interviews explored how the services of informal carers (volunteers) provided through the program made a difference to the daily lives of 16 recipients. Improved life satisfaction was identified through the themes of being helped with daily activities, positive human contact, and fear of a poorer quality of life. It was found that addressing recipients' social, emotional, and mobility needs supported them to remain living at home.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)125-139
    Number of pages15
    JournalSOCIAL WORK IN HEALTH CARE
    Volume51
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

    Keywords

    • community care
    • home support
    • informal carers
    • qualitative research
    • social support
    • volunteers

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