Quality of Life and Psycho-affective Supervision of Elderly in Accommodation Facilities for Dependent Elderly People in Cameroon: A Cross-sectional Study


Ageing is accompanied by the loss of autonomy in some people, forcing families to use appropriate structures for their care. In Cameroon, accommodation facilities for dependent elderly people (AFDEP) are requested to cope with the lack of social and family supervision. Unfortunately, the supervision given to the aged persons (AP) in these structures raises questions and concerns. The objective of this study is to evaluate the quality of life as well as psycho-affective supervision of AP (age≥60 years) in AFDEP in Cameroon. In a cross-sectional study, 65 AP and 10 supervisors were submitted to a questionnaire containing the socio-demographic characteristics, the quality of life and the type of psycho-affective frame given or received. The data collected was analysed by SPSS 20.0, the error was 5% and the confidence 95%, are accepted. Statistical analyses show that 33.33% are women and 66.67% are men, 40% of AP come from families against 26.67% who come from their homes, 20% from the streets and 13.33 from friends, 80% no longer receive visits from anyone. All (100%) do not receive any income or pension; 73.33% are not satisfied with quality of life or psycho-affective support; all the staff (100%) admit that they have not received training on psycho affective management techniques for seniors, which seems to justify the situation. The quality of life and supervision in AFDEP in Cameroon do not seem to please the occupants and seem related to the lack of training of staff and the lack of technical and financial resources.

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Gustave Mabiama, University of Douala, Cameroon
Jeanne Irène Eto Akono, University of Douala, Cameroon
Raïssa Diane Metole Evembe, University of Douala, Cameroon
Véronique Priscille Nguiamba, University of Douala, Cameroon

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Conference: AGen2019
Stream: Aging and Gerontology

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