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Nurse Managed Care for Elderly
Start date: Nov 1, 2009,

The problems about elderly care and the people giving nursing care have arisen along with the gradually increasing elderly population in the world. Even though not all the elderly are sick or in need, they become dependent on others in their daily life activities as a result of the losses. With the increase in dependency level, elderly care is being considered as a hard, extensive and expensive service. Home care services are increasingly extended and accepted in respect of health protection and improving the quality of life. Generally, the spouse and the children of the elderly, mostly the women, are held accountable in home care of the elderly. In addition to the obligation of caring for the elderly and undertaking a lot of responsibility at home, the informal care givers may have some physical, mental, social and economical disruptions (fatigue, exhaustion, loneliness, corrosion in the family relations, fail to afford the care, etc.) which are defined as “care load” or “care stress”.What are the tools nurses use in collecting data to define the problems of home care for the elderly and the “care load” of the informal care givers? With this project, via organizations, the list of data collection tools will be composed with the aim of defining the approaches to the problems of the home care for the elderly and informal care givers. As there are no educational materials on the problems of the nurses in charge of home care for the elderly and informal care givers, it is considered extremely important to form these at this stage. There are four basic purposes in this project. The first one is to compose and share the list of data collection tools about the problems of home care for the elderly and “care load” of the informal care givers. The second one is to compose collective educational materials that provide psycho-social support for the nurses and the informal care givers with the organizations involved in the project. The third one is to compose forms for assessing the before and after conditions of nurses and informal care givers. These educational materials and assessment forms will be translated by each participant organization into their languages. Each organization involved in the NMCE project will train 50 nurses and 25 informal care givers by materials, and assess the results with assessment forms. Fourthly, a web site will be developed about the training and the assessment of nurses and the informal care givers. By this way the opportunity will be provided for extension.
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