ERIC Number: ED254389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of Elderly Hispanic Americans in Kalamazoo County toward Nursing Homes.
Eighteen diverse Hispanic Americans aged 60 and over residing in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, a non-barrio environment, were questioned to ascertain the attitudes of elderly Hispanic Americans in the county toward nursing homes. A bilingual questionnaire, consisting of 17 questions, was used to collect demographic information, determine opinions of elderly Hispanic Americans toward nursing homes, explain why elderly Hispanic Americans choose not to live in nursing homes, and ascertain under what conditions they would consider residing in a nursing home. Hispanic American interviewers administered the questionnaire to nine male and nine female respondents. Data indicated that 4 respondents had no formal education while 3 had graduated from college (1 as a home economics teacher and 2 as Ph.D.'s); 13 respondents lived in private homes while 5 lived in apartments; 11 respondents were married; 3 divorced/separated, and 4 widowed; and 6 respondents were currently employed and 12 were retired. Respondents indicated that the most important reason for considering residence in a nursing home was cost, followed by need for 24-hour-a-day health care. Least important consideration was that the nursing home be staffed by bilingual/bicultural personnel. Residence in a nursing home was viewed as a positive rather than as a negative alternative. (NQA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan (Kalamazoo County)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (San Antonio, TX, November, 1984).