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No place like home? Potential pathways to loneliness in older adults under the care of a live-in foreign home care worker.

Abstract

The arrangement in which frail older adults from the developed world are cared for in their homes by individuals from the developing world has become increasingly prevalent worldwide. In Israel, this arrangement is termed foreign home care. In this article, the authors first describe the global phenomenon of foreign home care of frail older adults as well as the more local characteristics of this arrangement in Israel. The authors then describe the concept of loneliness. Based on empirical and theoretical knowledge in the field of loneliness, the authors argue that older adults under live-in foreign home care may be particularly prone to feelings of loneliness for several reasons: some that are general to older adults with cognitive or physical disability and others that are specific to this particular caregiving arrangement. The authors conclude by providing ideas for future practice and research on this highly vulnerable group that, to date, has received only minimal research attention.

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  • Authors

    Ayalon L, Shiovitz-Ezra S, Palgi Y

    Source

    The Journal of psychology 146:1-2 pg 189-200

    MeSH

    Aged
    Emigrants and Immigrants
    Frail Elderly
    Home Nursing
    Humans
    Israel
    Loneliness

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22303620