Self-activeness and the need for help in domiciliary care


  • Ritva Raatikainen RN DPolSc Lic Health Care

    Acting Professor in Nursing
    1. Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Helsinki, Mannerheimintie 172, SF-00300 Helsinki, Finland
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The data in this paper are based on interviews of domiciliary care patients in Helsinki, Finland The aim of the study was to compare self-active patients' (65) and non-self-active patients' (61) need for help and the help they received The findings demonstrated that patients who had, to some extent, a ‘better’ background, received support from their relatives, assessed themselves as physically and especially mentally healthier and were socially stronger, were also more often self-active than patients, who had a ‘poorer’ background, received little support and felt more ill The non-self-active patients received help with some physical activities more often but not with mental and social problems The self-active patients co-operated better with the care providers and considered the quality of care to be higher than did the non-self-achve pahents