Presentation Title

Perceptions of Senior Services: A Qualitative Study

Faculty Mentor

Denise D Páyan

Start Date

17-11-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 5:00 PM

Location

CREVELING 109

Session

POSTER 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

Perceptions of Senior Services in Merced County: A Qualitative Study

Jovo Velasco,and Denise Páyan, PhD

School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, University of California, Merced

Studies on experiences and perceptions of senior services such as community centers, nursing homes, and assisted living communities tend to be scarce, particularly in rural areas. Seniors are considered vulnerable and are usually diagnosed with at least one or more health complications. Seniors are often less independent and require additional support. There are great alternatives such as nursing homes and assisted living communities, tending to be very expensive. An alternative service for seniors is community centers, but these facilities lack other services that seniors need. Studies have identified several barriers seniors face when receiving or seeking social services and healthcare. This study seeks to fill a gap in the literature of the barriers seniors face, particularly in Merced County, a rural area. Using qualitative interviews with seniors over the age of 65, the study examines seniors’ attitudes towards nursing homes and assisted living communities. Findings of ten interviews reveal that there are barriers seniors face when seeking and receiving social services and health care such as affordability, accessibility, comfort, knowledge of where to go, language, and lack of quality of care. In addition, perceptions of nursing homes and assisted living communities vary among seniors depending on knowledge, and family or personal experience. With people living longer and the senior population continuously growing, it is important to understand the struggles seniors face when receiving and seeking adequate services and healthcare they need.

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Nov 17th, 3:00 PM Nov 17th, 5:00 PM

Perceptions of Senior Services: A Qualitative Study

CREVELING 109

Perceptions of Senior Services in Merced County: A Qualitative Study

Jovo Velasco,and Denise Páyan, PhD

School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, University of California, Merced

Studies on experiences and perceptions of senior services such as community centers, nursing homes, and assisted living communities tend to be scarce, particularly in rural areas. Seniors are considered vulnerable and are usually diagnosed with at least one or more health complications. Seniors are often less independent and require additional support. There are great alternatives such as nursing homes and assisted living communities, tending to be very expensive. An alternative service for seniors is community centers, but these facilities lack other services that seniors need. Studies have identified several barriers seniors face when receiving or seeking social services and healthcare. This study seeks to fill a gap in the literature of the barriers seniors face, particularly in Merced County, a rural area. Using qualitative interviews with seniors over the age of 65, the study examines seniors’ attitudes towards nursing homes and assisted living communities. Findings of ten interviews reveal that there are barriers seniors face when seeking and receiving social services and health care such as affordability, accessibility, comfort, knowledge of where to go, language, and lack of quality of care. In addition, perceptions of nursing homes and assisted living communities vary among seniors depending on knowledge, and family or personal experience. With people living longer and the senior population continuously growing, it is important to understand the struggles seniors face when receiving and seeking adequate services and healthcare they need.