To explore the needs of domiciliary physiotherapy service for the elderly people at old aged homes in Hong Kong

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To explore the needs of domiciliary physiotherapy service for the elderly people at old aged homes in Hong Kong


Author: Chiu, Kam-wah
Title: To explore the needs of domiciliary physiotherapy service for the elderly people at old aged homes in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1998
Subject: Physical therapy for older people -- China -- Hong Kong
Older people -- Institutional care -- China -- Hong Kong
Old age homes -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: ix, 114 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
Language: English
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Abstract: The objective of this study was to explore the needs of domiciliary physiotherapy services for the old aged homes in Hong Kong, with regard to the health status of the elderly, accessibility of physiotherapy services, medical officer's perspective on domiciliary services and the socio-demographic characteristics. Questionnaire survey were done to all the old aged, homes in Hong Kong and to a stratified samples of medical officers in orthopaedic, medical and geriatric specialties in various hospitals of the Hospital Authority. 21.7% of old aged homes responded to this survey. The survey found that 39.73% of the elderly at the responding subvented old aged homes are independent compared with that 14.88% in private old aged homes. Stroke and dementia are the commonest neurological diseases that more than one-third of the elderly suffered in the old aged homes. 46.63% of elderly have musculoskeletal disorders. 66.1% of old aged homes reported no physiotherapists visit their homes and offer treatment to their elderly. The old aged homes use various transportation tools to send the elderly to the clinic for medical or physiotherapy treatment. The non-emergency ambulance service and taxi are the most commonly used transportation tool. 44.2% of homes reported that the average waiting time of the non-emergency ambulance service is over 30 minutes. Nearly half of the homes claimed that their staff would escort the elderly. Fracture, stroke and Parkinsonism are the conditions that most of the medical officer agree their necessity for domiciliary physiotherapy. They would not take into consideration of the financial conditions and the age factors of the elderly as important component but the transportation and adequacy of helpers in old aged homes to escort the elderly for domiciliary physiotherapy. These findings help to reflect the physiotherapy service, the health status at the old aged homes and the doctors' point of view on domiciliary physiotherapy services. It is concluded that Domiciliary physiotherapy service is required for the elderly people at the old aged homes especially at private homes.

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