Assessment of Self-care Among Elderly Residents at Nursing Homes in Middle Euphrates Cities in Iraq
Keywords:Self-care, elderly, nursing homes, assessment
Self-care is known to be a health resource in later life because it enables the elderly to improve their
health and live at home as long as possible(1). It is therefore essential to resolve the question of self-care in
the elderly(2). The aim of the current study was to assess the level of self-care among elderly residents at
nursing homes and to find out the difference between level of self-care with regard to socio-demographic
and clinical characteristics. Descriptive study design carried out among 60 elderly persons at nursing homes
in middle Euphrates, they are selected by using non probability sampling. The study instrument composed of
2 parts. 1st Elderly’s Demographic Characteristics, 2nd self-care scale. The results of study reveal the overall
assessment of self-care domains was moderate. In addition, there is a high significant in difference in selfcare
level of the elderly with regard to their age and their marital status.
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