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Puerto Rican elders' knowledge and use of community-based long-term care services

TitlePuerto Rican elders' knowledge and use of community-based long-term care services
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsGuzzardo, MT, Sheehan, NW
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social WorkJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume56
Pagination26-48
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number0163-4372<br/>1540-4048
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2012-34715-003
Keywords*Aging, *Communities, *Long Term Care, Health & Mental Health Services [3370], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older), Puerto Rican elders knowledge, community based long term care services, Puerto Rico
AbstractWe conducted 3 focus groups with 28 Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican elders to explore their knowledge and use of community-based long-term care services, including an exploration of whether their residential setting influences access to services. Analysis revealed themes relating to participants' difficulties and frustrations with formal services. A major theme was a reliance on formal services, given a lack of reliable familial help. Elders living in Latino senior housing reported the greatest access to services, with availability of Spanish-speaking housing staff and informal support from neighbors serving as critical components of their social networks. Practice and policy recommendations are provided. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).