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Gerontology & Geriatrics Studies

Elderly Abuse and Care of the Aged in Nigerian Society: A Case Study of Old People’s Home Yaba

Submission: August 08, 2017; Published: February 12, 2018

Volume2 Issue1
February 2018

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Neglect is the most common elder abuse we have. It includes failure to provide necessary care, refusal or failure to fulfill any part of an obligation or duties to an elderly person. It simply means the refusal or failure to provide the aged with such life necessities as foods, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medicine, comfort, personal safety and social activities. This research has helped to emphasize the importance of medical, social care givers and administrators of old people’s home. The research work is based on three variables; the comparism between aged living at the nursing homes to those living with their family members; the government activities and policies and its impact in caring for the aged; the importance of professional care givers such as medical professionals, social care givers and other trained service givers to the aged as they are also being needed by children and pregnant women [1].

From the hypothesis analyzed, it was discovered that the percentage of those who do not see any significant reason in keeping aged people in nursing homes are more than those who thought it fit to keep them in the homes. The percentage of those who accepted the keeping of aged in elderly homes is 40.5% to those who do not accept which stands at 59.5%. The null hypothesis is therefore acceptable for further studies. Hence, there is no significant difference between the cares of the elderly in the old people’s home and the family taken care of their aged in Nigeria. This work establishes that for effectiveness in caring for our aged citizens; we need to upgrade the nursing homes with qualified care givers who have passions for elderly welfare [2].

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