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EFFECTIVENESS OF A PLANNED TEACHING PROGRAMME ON KNOWLEDGE OF CARETAKERS REGARDING CARE OF ELDERLY

Mrs. Blessy P1, Mrs. Mary Walton2, Dr. Betsy Mathew3

Abstract:-

Background: Old age is the normal aspect of human development and is the final phase of life cycle. Family carers face practical problems related to caring techniques of elderly. As the geriatric population is increasing with increasing health demands, it is necessary for the caretaker to gain knowledge on care of elderly.

Methods: A quantitative approach using pre experimental one group pre test post test design was used in the study. Sixty caretakers of the elderly were selected by purposive sampling based on inclusion criteria. A structured interview schedule was used to elicit baseline variables and pre-test knowledge scores from the subjects. A planned teaching programme on care of elderly was given on one-to-one basis. Post-test was conducted on the fifth day after the intervention. The data were analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics

Results: The mean post-test score (20.75±2.909) was significantly higher than the mean pre-test score (14.75±3.07) which was statistically significant at (p<0.001). The mean difference of knowledge scores had no significant association with baseline variables except for income which was significant (p<0.05).

Conclusion: The study findings revealed that Planned Teaching Programme was effective in improving the knowledge of caretakers on elderly care.

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