Enhancing the Capacity of Community Service Staff and Its Effect on Older Adults’ Willingness to Age in Place (78865)

Session Information: Lifespan Health Promotion
Session Chair: Wing Shan Kan

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 15:00
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 604
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The relationship between enhancing the capacity of elderly service staff and its effect on the willingness of older adults to age in place is characterized by uncertainty. This uncertainty arises from the lack of understanding regarding how the process of staff capacitation, which refers to the development of staff skills and abilities, aligns with the unique care needs of older individuals. To bridge this knowledge gap, a comprehensive survey was conducted, encompassing a sample of 1,023 older participants and 138 community service providers in Hong Kong, China. The survey findings reveal that staff capacitation played a pivotal role in sustaining the willingness of older adults to age in place, particularly when the staff members delivered more care or when the older participants engaged in daycare or home care services instead of other available community services. This pattern suggests that meeting older adults’ specific care requirements contributes to their willingness to continue residing in their own homes. Furthermore, the findings underscore the effectiveness of staff capacitation in addressing older adults’ distinct care needs and thereby fostering their willingness to age in place. These findings hold implications for the realm of elder caregiving services, underscoring the importance of capacitation endeavors in attaining positive outcomes for older individuals.

Yuen-hang Ng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Yuen-hang Ng is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong

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