Functional assessment of the elderly with the use of EASY-Care Standard 2010 and Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

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Abstract

Background:

The wide variation in performance among the elderly leads to the search for a suitable instrument to identify the necessary support.

Background:

The aim of this study was to examine the scope of independent functioning of the elderly and to indicate the necessary support using basic instruments, Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) and EASY-Care Standard 2010.

Methods:

For statistical analysis were qualified 101 questionnaires of patients from oncological surgery clinic.

Results:

The study group was dominated by women (79.2%). The average age for the entire group was 74.7 ± 7.5 years. In terms of basic life activities (Barthel Index), 75.2% of the elderly performed most of their activities independently. The Lawton IADL (Instrumental Activity of Daily Living Scale) median was 25 points. Moderate depression (Geriatric Depression Scale) reported 37.6% of the group. The influence of age, education, mode of movement and efficiency in basic and instrumental life activities and depression (Geriatric Depression Scale) was demonstrated in the results in three scales of the EASY-Care Standard 2010 questionnaire: Independence score, Risk of break down in care and Risk of falls. There was no difference in terms of gender and the nature of the residence.

Conclusion:

The study group of the elderly was characterised by a good level of efficiency in basic and instrumental activities of daily living. Questionnaire EASY-Care Standard 2010 enables to identify functional limitations of the elderly that may form the basis for planning individual support.

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