Source: Criane looked this up online in Lebanon.
Lebanon's elderly population is estimated to exceed 10% by 2025 (Sibai,
et al., 2004).
Many elderly are now living alone because of greater emigration among young
people, decreased mortality rates, major breakthroughs in healthcare and social
change among the young. It is expected that a greater demand for elderly nursing
homes and subsidized care will be needed in the face of elderly demographic changes.
Worldwide interest in successful ageing is now concerned with how to maintain
people in homes or the community (Jones and Peters, 1992). The demand for
adequate healthcare in either private, charity, non-profit and publicly funded homes,
plays a major role in providing elderly care in Lebanon. Such needs include economic
maintenance, psychosocial and health related aspects. Thus, our study assesses the
institution status by incorporating structures, processes and skills before relating them
to wellbeing. Our purpose was to improve elderly quality of life including autonomy,
cognitive, nutritional and psychological states.
Elderly healthcare services have been a powerful ingredient for national
healthcare policy decision makers. The basic assumption for any future policy
underscores elderly peoples’ quality of life and the progress from dependency to
independency and wellbeing. We consider two main perspectives; first, medical
intervention for the purpose of elderly longevity and second, bio-psychological, which
takes account of biological, psychological and social wellbeing. This latter
perspective reflects generally the policy “faithfully” outlined by the World Health
Organization (WHO, 1993) and considers promoting a healthy living and lifestyle
changes in elderly care nursing homes (ENH) by nutritional, physical and
psychological support programmes (O'Boyle, 1997). There are however, considerable
debates about what succeeds and what policy makers will decide for the betterment of