FoN UI Helps Improve Family Independence and Quality of Life for the Elderly

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The Community Service Activities held in the Bojong Nangka Village, Bogor Regency, were carried out by the Community Nursing Lecturer and Student Service Specialist Team, Faculty of Nursing, University of Indonesia, which had been taking place since July 20, 2019. This activity involved the components of the Village Apparatus, the Head of the RW, and local health cadres. This activity is a continuation of community service in 2018 which focuses on increasing the ability of independent nursing for the elderly. So that there is a need for strengthening from the family and other support groups through the application of the SANTUN ELDERLY nursing program. The health condition of the elderly that declines with aging and the emergence of chronic diseases is the background why this program was formed. This Community Service focuses on how important the role of the family as a supporter and the main caregiver for the elderly at home is. The family has a role as the main support provider so that training is needed for families on how to care for the elderly and provide support to the elderly at home. Based on this, the Service Team took the theme “Increasing Family Independence in Caring for the Elderly through the ‘Elderly Courteous Family’ Approach”.

 

The elderly polite family is a nursing model developed by the leader of the Service Team, Dr.Etty Rekawati, S.Kp., MKM with the aim of increasing family independence and the quality of life of the elderly. The Elderly Courteous Nursing Model which was implemented in Community Service in Bojong Nangka Village began with the licensing process and coordination with local village officials. The first activity is training for caregivers or caregivers on how to care for and provide support to the elderly who live at home. This training for caregivers was held on July 20-21, 2019 and was attended by more than 45 caregivers. Community Service activities do not stop there, because they are continued with assistance to caregivers who have been trained. The Service Team has been providing assistance since early August through home visits by involving elderly health cadres so that the skills being trained can be carried out properly while at home. Apart from being a form of transformation of awareness and information, the training that has been provided is also expected to be a continuous effort in maintaining the health of the elderly in the community. This series of mentoring programs in the Displacement Program activities will be carried out for a month and in September an evaluation will be carried out with cadres, village officials, and caregivers about the effectiveness of the assistance that has been carried out. This program does not only focus on transferring knowledge and skills regarding elderly care, but also maintaining its sustainability by inculcating skills through direct mentoring. Thus, the outcomes achieved by this community service program are in addition to improving the quality of life of the elderly, there is also community empowerment through active participation during mentoring and advocacy to policy makers in handling elderly health problems as part of improving community health status, especially family independence in caring for the elderly. at home. The health of the elderly is important considering the growing elderly population in Indonesia as a result of the increase in Life Expectancy (UHH).