What is it about?

This paper reports the participation needs of older adults having disabilities and receiving home care, referring to the restrictions in the accomplishment of their daily and social activities. Needs refered to the gaps between desired and current conditions of life. These needs were assessed through multiple case studies involving eleven cases each composed of one older adult, his/her caregiver and a healthcare provider from a Health and Social services Centre in Québec, Canada.

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This paper informs us about the respective viewpoints of older adults, caregivers and healthcare providers regarding the met and unmet needs of participation in daily and social activities. Our results show that older adults' most unmet needs involve activities most associated with health and well-being, including leisure, community life, interpersonal relationships, as well as fitness and mobility. It leads to several recommandations to healthcare providers, policymakers, and researchers.

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I believe this paper will help gain insights on the personalized needs of people having disabilities to help them be involved in their community and live well. Through a qualitative and quantitative combinaison of data, it painted a broad portrait of needs to further inform allocation of resources.

Mr Pier-Luc Turcotte
Universite de Sherbrooke

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This page is a summary of: Participation needs of older adults having disabilities and receiving home care: met needs mainly concern daily activities, while unmet needs mostly involve social activities, BMC Geriatrics, August 2015, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1186/s12877-015-0077-1.
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