Challenges Experienced by Older Persons in Relation to Self- Care in the Absence of Designated Care Givers at their Domicilium (University of South Africa)
Aging presents a physical decline in the ability to manage self-care amongst older persons. In the traditional African society the burden of care with older persons rests in the hands of the aged female spouse if the couple is aging together or the hands of the older children if either of the spouses has passed on. The belief within the African context has been that older persons should remain and be cared for within the family home. The current social service system seem not to have a safety net for the care of older persons who want to remain in their family home and, thus posing a risk in the burden of care to the caring older person or the children who most of the time is working far away in order to be able to sustain themselves and also assist in the care of their aging parents.
1. To explore the actual challenges experienced by older persons at their domicilium about self-care
2. To describe the challenges experienced by older persons at their domicilium about self-care
3. To come up with strategies on bridging the gaps in the care of older persons at their domicilium within the current South African Context.