Table 7

Partially met and unmet needs with respect to life habits

Life habits

No. of iterations reported by

Themes

Caregivers

Health Professionals

Health Care Managers

Patients


Nutrition

3

4

0

8

▪ Preparing food

▪ Independent feeding. Feeding oneself

▪ Using kitchen utensils with one hand

▪ Meals-on-wheels service

▪ Diet to be followed

▪ Difficulty swallowing

Fitness

1

5

3

9

▪ Enrolling in a group activity requiring use of upper limb

▪ Exercise program offered on discharge

▪ Changing bad habits (smoking, alcohol, eating, exercise)

Personal care

4

8

3

2

▪ Dressing

▪ Use of toilet

▪ Personal hygiene

Housing

1

0

0

1

▪ Supervision at home and safe movement

Mobility

8

0

0

8

▪ Walking long distances

▪ Driving a car, losing a license

▪ Trips outside the home with community organization (volunteers) restricted to bank, doctor

▪ Adapted/accessible transportation (outings, doctor)

▪ Taxi (expensive)

Communication

5

6

0

0

▪ Stimulation for communication: reading, speaking

Responsibility

0

1

0

1

▪ Change in roles: managing budget, paying bills, doing personal care, going to the bank

Interpersonal relationships

4

6

10

9

▪ Visit from friends or family (movement more difficult)

▪ Family relations (arguments, humiliation...)

▪ Intimate and sexual relations difficult in lodgings

▪ Relationship with partner (prevention: separation, divorce)

▪ Resources for meeting people socially

▪ Relationships with other patients

Community life

0

1

1

3

▪ Going to church (spiritual life)

▪ Shopping difficult if have to walk (-) and carry bags (-)

▪ Adapted leisure activities

▪ Using banking services

Employment and other habits

0

1

2

0

▪ Social integration through leisure, adapted or regular work or volunteer work: find partners outside the health network

Recreation

2

8

1

3

▪ Availability of volunteers for adapted/accessible transportation

▪ Open-air activities in wheelchair and adapted vehicle

▪ Community leisure activities organized through day centre

▪ Seeing new areas

▪ Going on travels

▪ Using restaurants


Vincent et al. BMC Geriatrics 2007 7:20   doi:10.1186/1471-2318-7-20

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