Aging in place under assistance of foreign domestic helper : A triad study

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

Conference

TitleThe 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress
PlaceUnited States
CitySan Fransico
Period23 - 27 July 2017

Abstract

This study investigates why aging-in-place with the assistance of a foreign domestic helper (FDH) is a popular choice for long term care among Hong Kong Chinese families and the role of FDH.

A total of 20 matched triads of elders, primary caregivers (PCs), and FDHs from the same families were interviewed. A grounded theory approach was adopted. Findings from the interviews indicate that aging-in-place with the assistance of a foreign domestic helper is a preferred alternative to institutional care, due to a few contextual factors: a) societal (insufficient nursing home beds); b) cultural (Confucian filial piety expects family members especially adult children to take care of their elderly); c) psycho-social (sharing a small place with others [i.e. FDH] is not a main concern); d) economic (hiring a FDH is affordable to most families; while FDHs earn a much higher salary than they could in their countries); and, e) lifestyle (PCs normally have long working hours). Finally, this option seems to accommodate the needs of all parties involved. However, most FDHs did not receive specific training, so they could not provide adequate care for elders with severe physical or cognitive impairment. Furthermore, communication problems between elders and FDHs were reported.

Besides more objective variables (e.g. environmental, economic), culture, personal distance, boundaries in relationships and understanding of privacy greatly influence the demand and implementation of this long term care option. Results from this study provide reference to societies with similar socio-cultural characteristics (e.g., busy life style, Confucian values).

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Aging in place under assistance of foreign domestic helper : A triad study. / Chong, Alice Ming-Lin ; Busiol, Diego; CHUNG, Ka Hung Edwin.

2017. Paper presented at The 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress, San Fransico, California, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review