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Attitudes toward use of nursing homes and home care in older Japanese-Americans

TitleAttitudes toward use of nursing homes and home care in older Japanese-Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsMcCormick, WC, Uomoto, J, Young, H, Graves, AB, Vitaliano, P, Mortimer, J, Edland, S, Larson, E
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics SocietyJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number0002-8614<br/>1532-5415
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 1996-05525-002
Keywords*Disorders, *Home Care, *Intention, *Japanese Cultural Groups, *Nursing Homes, Acculturation, age & gender & marital status & acculturation, intention to use nursing home vs home care with temporary vs permanently disabling conditions, elderly Japanese Americans, Age Differences, Health & Mental Health Services [3370], Human Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Marital Status
AbstractInvestigated the preferences and attitudes of 1,142 older Japanese Americans (mean age 72 yrs) regarding use of long-term nursing home or home care). Ss were asked to consider hypothetical situations in which they were temporarily disabled by hip fracture or permanently disabled by dementing illness. If they fractured a hip, only 12% intended to use a nursing home; 29% intended to recover at home with the help of family or friends. 54% intended to use paid home health care. If they became demented, 53% intended to use a nursing home, only 11% intended to rely on family or friends for care, and 29% intended to use paid home health care. Similar responses were observed when Ss were asked what most members of their family or friends would wish them to do; however, they tended to value the perceived wishes of religious figures or the Japanese American community-at-large less than those of family or friends. Marital status and level of acculturation were the most powerful independent predictors of intention to enter nursing homes. Age and female gender were predictors of intention to use home care. Among Ss, the prevalence of nursing homes use was similar to that of the general US elderly population. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved).
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