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Study of the Opinion of Medical Specialists and Social Workers Regarding Medico-Social Assistance Organization for Older Adults and Elderly People in Home Settings

Yanka Markova, Silvia Borisova

Abstract

According to the National Statistical Institute, an older adult person has an average of 4-6 illnesses. In most of the cases chronic illnesses lead to vital function disturbance, partial or overall loss of self-service, moving, socialization, and working ability. All these factors impose system organization of constant medical and social cares.

The last counting census dated 01 February 2011 determines a vast increase of individuals with 50% and more disability. These individuals have needs of complex medico-social assistance, mostly these of the most vulnerable group – solitary older adults, elderly people and disabled individuals.

Research Objective: The aim of this article is analysis of the opinion of medical specialists and social workers regarding medico-social assistance organization for older adults and solitary elderly people in home settings as a basis for optimization of offered services and needed resource.

Subjects and Methods: The research object is the opinion of medical specialists and social workers on the needs, current situation and organization of medico-social help for older adults and solitary elderly individuals in home settings.

The applied methods include: sociological inquiry (anonymous); statistical processing and graphical interpretation of the analyzed results.

Results and Discussion: The research results prove the inefficiency of the current system, necessity of change of forms and organization leading to better medical and social services in home settings.

Conclusion: Specialist opinion regarding organisation of medical-social assistance for adults and old people confirms the necessity of offering, experimenting and using new mixed forms of the assistance offered in home settings.

Keywords

adults and old people, medico-social assistance at home, resources

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14748/vmf.v7i0.6551

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