Consumer panel study on elderly people's wishes concerning services

Noora Valkila, Heli Litja, Leena Aalto, Arto Saari

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Abstract

This study informs on the wishes and needs of elderly people themselves regarding services for the elderly. The data for the study were gathered using a consumer panel method. Elderly people desire assistance in heavy cleaning chores, in outdoor activities and in carrying out their personal business. Elderly people felt that there should be more recreational services available. Elderly people link aging with feelings of insecurity and loneliness. Becoming a service user for the first time is felt to be a very difficult step to take, and so this decision is postponed as long as possible. The elderly people desire a service for assessing their individual service needs in an organized, expert and objective fashion. The study indicates that elderly people value the human contact gained through service provision. The consumer panel method for collecting data was successful. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E66-E71
Number of pages6
JournalARCHIVES OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Daily living
  • Needs of elderly
  • Services for elderly
  • Consumer panel
  • OLDER-ADULTS
  • DEPRESSION
  • DISABILITY
  • ISSUES

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