Quality Of Life In Old-age Homes: Some Observations

By Rahul Prasannakumari Sukumaran and Sanjay Banerji.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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The factors that determine the quality of life varies from person to person especially for those who don’t even have a place of their own. This paper offers a few observations arising out of a study of two old age homes in Kerala, India- with a view to identifying and evaluating the factors that impact the quality of life of the in-mates; with some suggestions for improvements. The study adopted the action-research methodology. We documented their problems; the role played by the authorities, and assessed the degree of fulfillment of their needs and wants. We considered the material facilities and emotional well-being and associated support systems. We found that ‘love and affection’ has the biggest impact. Seniority homes are "home-far from home"; and have an awesome open door and additionally obligation in taking fitting consideration of the elderly. The organizations under study convey laudable administrations inside their limits. We trust that the perceptions and recommendations would be helpful in moderating the issues presently confronting these homes all over India and somewhere else.

Keywords: Quality of Life, Material Facilities, Emotional Well-being and Support System

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.79-85. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 6, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 325.564KB)).

Rahul Prasannakumari Sukumaran

Master's Student, Amrita University, Coimbatore, India

Sanjay Banerji

Professor Emeritus, Amrita School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India