Scoping the context of programs and services for maintaining wellness of older people in rural areas of Indonesia

K.S. Kadar, L. McKenna, Karen Francis

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Introduction: Ageing and problems concerning the aged are an increasing and concerning reality indeveloping and underdeveloped countries such as Indonesia. Improving service quality is important topromote and maintain wellness of older persons, especially in rural areas.Aim: To explore programs and services offered to the elderly in a rural area of Indonesia to support them inpromoting and maintaining their wellness. To describe roles and practices of health professionals and teamsresponsible for delivering services to older people.Methods: Action research was used with mixed method data collection (interview and survey).Results: Results demonstrated that activities related to the elderly health programs were limited due to budgetand facilities. Practices of health staff for elderly in the community focused on intervention tasks, rather thanprevention.Limitation: Lack of available information on the range of programs and services implemented in Indonesiafor the elderly in community settings was a limitation of this study.Conclusion: Programs and services for older people have been implemented in Indonesia. However, these donot yet meet their needs, especially in rural areas. There is a need for greater focus on health promotion andillness prevention.Implication for Nursing and Health Policy: Findings contribute to development of international knowledgein community health nursing, as these issues may not be only relevant to Indonesia. It is timely forgovernments, including in Indonesia, to evaluate health workforce needs in the community and appropriateeducational qualifications for delivering optimal health services for older people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-317
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Nursing Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

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