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What is Informal Care Giving

Handbook of Research on Transdisciplinary Knowledge Generation
This is the care provided by network of family and friends. In this study, informal care giving is defined as unpaid care that is provided to a person aged 60 years or older who requires assistance with daily living activities. These activities fall into one of the three broad categories. These categories are emotional support, direct service assistance and financial assistance.
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This Seed Will Bear No Fruit: Older People's Perception About Old People's Home in Selected Local Government Areas in Osun State of South-Western Nigeria
Friday A. Eboiyehi (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9531-1.ch019
The continuous increase in the number of older people and the gradual erosion of the extended family system which used to cater to them are alarming. While older people in much of the developed countries have embraced old people's homes as an alternative, the same cannot be said of older people in Nigeria who still believed that it is the duty of the family to accommodate them. The chapter examined the perception of older people about living in old people's home in some selected local government areas in Osun State, Nigeria. The study showed that their perception about living in old people's home was poor as many of them still held on to the belief that it was the responsibility of their family members to house them as it was done in the olden days. Although a few of the interviewees (particularly those who are exposed to what is obtained in the Western world and those with some level of education) had accepted the idea, many preferred to live with their family rather than being dumped in “an isolated environment,” where they would not have access to their family members. Pragmatic policy options aimed at addressing this emerging social problem were highlighted.
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