Needs Assessment for Elderly

Although majority of the people are usually identified by their roles as parent, brother, sister son, or daughter, and later will reach the stage of being an elderly, it seems like it has been part of every culture to describe an elderly negatively: old age characteristics, weak, irritable, no more driving ability, lack of income or a source of financial burden, very dependent, sickly, burden to one’s home, thus, should be relocated in hospice care or home for the aged persons, depressed and the worse, useless. As people age, they may be less agile and not able to step, if less care is given, they may lose
balance and slip on the floor which makes getting around more difficult (Banchich, 2002). Certainly, not all adults with elderly parents are responsible in providing them essential needs. In our society the thwarting of the needs is the most commonly found core in cases of maladjustment and more severe pathology. Love and affection, as well as their possible expression in sexuality, are generally looked upon with ambivalence and are customarily hedged about with many restriction and inhibitions.
It is a fact that several elderly have great chances to live alone. …
Even when elderly are sent in Social Service Institutions, there will be no guarantee that this basic and essential needs be meet.
The Social Services Department in UK revealed that, there is no consensus about how "need" among elderly is describe. The term is perceived by them as requirements among individuals in order to achieve, maintain and restore certain degree the quality of life and their social dependence (Social Services, 1991)
This study gives focus on the needs of elderly in some Social Service Institutions which be used as reference to enhance future social infrastructure. It will also foster quality care, belongingness and the overall well being of the elderly. Again, the social services department of UK will be more motivated to create
programs like public information campaign against all forms of elderly abuse. The proponents felt the need to reeducate families and influence them in some ways to assist smoothly a parent as they journey and build the evolution from independent to being needy.
Review of Related Literature
This section deals with the review of related literature in relation to the needs assessment among elderly and highlights the various literatures that discuss key terms or variables of the investigation – physiological needs, security and safety, love and belongingness, self-esteem, and self-actualization.
The goal of the assessment was to identify the areas in which the parent of parents would need assistance. The assessment tools included questions relating to the physical health, mental health, social supports, and home environment, functioning in daily life, coping technique, and the