Assessment of Caregiver Knowledge Related to the Physiological Changes and Health Problems in Government Geriatric Home at Baghdad City

Authors

  • Shatha Ahmed M.A.1 , Muna Abdul Kadhum Zeidan2

Keywords:

Health; medical treatment; emergency; patients; physiological changes.

Abstract

Population aging can lead to a larger number of individuals with physical and emotional disorders,

which increase demand for caregivers, there is a high prevalence of functional disability in older adults

and a variability between the genders, with a 42.8% rate among women and 39.6% among men. A quasi

experimental study, Analytical, cross-sectional, non-probability convenient study done with sampling of 20

caregivers was conducted in the Geriatric Care Home in Baghdad City (the governmental geriatric home)

for the period from 12th of October 2018 to 20th of January 2019 to ass their knowledge about physiological

changes and health problems. A questionnaire was used to collect caregiver’s data which consist of two parts:

The first part is concerned general information of the study Geriatrichome, and the second part involves

two domains involving items concerning caregiver’s knowledge about physiological changes and health

problems and their knowledge about emergency care for elderly persons.

Results: the study presents that a high percentage (60%) of the study sample was nurses as caregivers

in AL- Rashad Geriatric Care Home and (80%) of the study sample are males, (60%) of the caregivers

were graduated from college in AL- Cyelakh, All caregivers in the study of geriatric homes was married,

with barely sufficient income .The study shows that,(90%), (70%) of caregivers in all geriatric care homes

have (1-10) year of experiences respectively,(80%) of caregivers in geriatric home answers that they have

emergency cases at their work time, (85%) of the emergency cases was saved in all geriatric care homes.

Conclusions: The researcher recommends to increase training courses inside and outside Iraq and encourage

employees to use safety measures to avoid injuries of the elderly, and prepare the advanced medical facilities

to promote saving lives. As well as a medical test and evaluation of all elderly in geriatric care home to

identify their health problems which lead to emergencies.

Author Biography

Shatha Ahmed M.A.1 , Muna Abdul Kadhum Zeidan2

1 Assistant Professor (M.Sc.)/Criminal Evidences Techniques Dep./Medical Technical Institute/(Al-Mansur)/Middle

Technical University/Iraq, 2 Assistant Professor (M.Sc.)/Community Health Dep. College of Health and Medical

Technology/Middle Technical University/Iraq

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

Shatha Ahmed M.A.1 , Muna Abdul Kadhum Zeidan2. (2020). Assessment of Caregiver Knowledge Related to the Physiological Changes and Health Problems in Government Geriatric Home at Baghdad City. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 2549-2554. Retrieved from http://medicopublication.com/index.php/ijfmt/article/view/10821