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First Joint Conference of the German Society of Nursing Science (DGP) and the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pflegewissenschaft e. V.

08.07.2021, online

Health and well-being of the elderly during the Corona pandemic: challenges for nursing in community-based care settings

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  • Katja Makowsky - Fachbereich Gesundheit, FH Bielefeld, Germany
  • author Havva Mazi - Fachbereich Gesundheit, FH Bielefeld, Germany

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pflegewissenschaft e.V. (DGP). First Joint Conference of the German Society of Nursing Science (DGP) and the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS). sine loco [digital], 08.-08.07.2021. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2021. Doc21dgp26

doi: 10.3205/21dgp26, urn:nbn:de:0183-21dgp266

Published: July 5, 2021

© 2021 Makowsky et al.
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Background: The Corona pandemic and the associated policies to control the spread of the infection have a comprehensive impact on people's health and well-being. For instance, protective measures associated with social distancing lead to diverse changes in daily routines, in particular for people whose independence is limited due to disability or old age. This brings new challenges to the nurses who support them.

Objectives: The research project aimed to identify the subjective effects of the Corona situation on the health and well-being of older clients in community-based care.

Design and methods: In this quantitative study N=146 clients ages 60 years and older were asked via standardized questionnaires to report to the following topics: use of social networks and information behaviour; changes in lifestyle due to the restrictions associated with COVID-19; handling and satisfaction with measures to deal with the Corona situation, and the subjective influence of the measures on health and well-being.

Results: Participants with professional and informal care- support reported higher rates of well-being than those without that same support. Only a few participants express negative impacts on their subjective health. Participants who live with their partner have a comparatively low level of well-being.

Conclusion: The results indicated that the perception of well-being is closely related to the design of the living situation. It is important for nursing staff to individually assess all aspects that have an influence on the well-being of clients and to systematically take them into account in their daily practices.