Guidelines for Promoting Quality of Life Based on Elderly Needs in Ban Hua Khua, Tumbon Khamreang, Maha Sarakham Province
Keywords:Elderly Needs, Guidelines for Promoting Quality of life
This qualitative study aims to describe elderly’s perception to meaning of quality of life and generated guidelines of promoting quality of life based on elderly needs in Ban Hua Khua, Tumbon Khamreang, Maha Sarakham Province. Key informants were 29 elderly persons. Data were gathered by using 3 focus groups, then interviewing were selected 7 key informants and a Nurse Director of the Hua Khua Primary Health Care Center to in-depth interviews. Data were analyzed by content analysis.
Finding, key informants defined quality of life in their perception in 4 domains: 1) healthy 2) happiness 3) earning money and 4) good relationships with family, friends, and other people. Finding of guidelines for promoting quality of life based on elderly needs found that the elderly have has difference needs; young-old and old-old needed support the physical domain and social relationships. The oldest-old needed social relationships and economic. For the activities for promoting the quality of life in elder at the Hau-Khua Primary Health Care Center, Tumbon Khamreang, Maha Sarakham Province showed that the PCU has continuously provided activities and projects to the elderly, there have been suiting for those elderly in all needs and getting a good cooperative from elders.
To sum up, this study provides better understanding quality of life throughout the elder’s perceptions. In addition, the research distributes useful knowledge to improve guidelines for promoting the quality of life based on elderly needs. Therefore, the health care providers could use these findings as the preliminary data to develop the activities for promoting the quality of life in order to enhance their quality of life.
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