Fall concern about older persons shifts to carers as changing health policy focuses on family, home-based care

Seng Giap Marcus Ang, Anthony Paul O’Brien, Amanda Wilson

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Abstract

With the Singaporean population ageing at an exponential rate, home carers are increasingly becoming essential partners in fall prevention and care delivery for older persons living at home and in the community. Singapore, like other Asian countries, regards the family as the main support structure for the older person, and national policies have been implemented to support this cultural expectation. Family carers experience similar concerns as older persons with regard to fall risk, and identifying and addressing these concerns can potentially lower fall risk and improve fall prevention for older persons. It is timely to remind ourselves – as concern about falls in older persons begins to shift to carers – to incorporate the influence of Asian cultural values and unique family dynamics of outsourcing family caregiving, in the management of older persons’ fall risk in the community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-11
Number of pages3
JournalSingapore Medical Journal
Volume59
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Carers
  • Fall concern
  • Fall prevention
  • Older persons
  • Singapore

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