将网站语言切换成:中文 LOGIN

Study on emotional support nursing in elderly home

Study on emotional support nursing in elderly home

The Identity of The Initiator: 
Participants Category: 
Topic category: 
Region / City: 
Problem Description: 

Huangdu nursing home in Anting Town is a first-class community public nursing home with 300 beds. The 245 elderly who are currently staying in the home are mostly under government insurance scheme. Due to diseases and other reasons, the elderly’s families chose for them to stay in nursing home. Many of the elderly occupants are lonely without care and concern from family members. It is even harder for them to adapt to the nursing home when they refuse to interact with others. They are in urgent need to receive professional emotional care.

Solution: 

We set up A Nightingale team of volunteers consist of nurse managers and nurses to provide emotional care for 100 elderly staying in the Huangdu nursing home for 6 months. We made use of our offdays to conduct knowledge sharing sessions on elderly healthcare, and provided them with psychological counseling. Results showed that the elderly were less lonely after intervention, and their adaptability and satisfaction level for the nursing home increased by 20%, participation in health exercises increased by 30%, and participation rate for interest groups was increased by 50%.

Achievement: 

1. Before intervention

There are 36 male participants (35.6%), and 64 female participants (63.4%) in the study; youngest participant was 56 years old, and oldest participant was 90 years old,
with an average age of 81±6.45. 4 participants stayed in the home for less than a year, 13 of them for more than 2 years, and 83 of them for more than 3 years. There are 3 of them with high school qualifications, 2 middle school, 16 elementary school, and 79 without educational background. 13 of them have partners, 
87 of them are without partners. 13 of them have never joined any exercise sessions, 87 of them participated before.

2. Loneliness score of the elderly after intervention

From our study, the loneliness score decreased significantly after intervention. From 40-66 with average 62.08±5.285, to 30-55 with average 42.87±3.161. The results are significant statistically with P<0.05. (Refer to Table 1)

Table 1. Loneliness score of elderly before/after intervention

 

Group

 

Highest

 

Lowest

 

Average

t

P

 

Before

66

40

62.08±5.285

31.327

<0.05

 

After

55

30

42.87±3.161

 

3. Comparison of loneliness level before and after intervention

From our study, elderly with high level of loneliness have significantly decreased after intervention. (Refer to Table 2)

 

Group

 

Case

Low

(20-28分)

Mid 

(29-44分)

High

(>44分)

 

Case

(%)

 

Case

(%)

 

Case

(%)

Before

100

0

0

2

2%

98

98%

After

100

0

0

73

73%

27

27%

  χ2                                               110.017

  P                         <0.005

Table 2. Comparison of loneliness level before and after intervention.

Photo: