Outcomes Of Social Service Programs For Homebound Older Adults
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The objective of this prospective study is to document the impact of social service interventions (including meals, telephone reassurance, and friendly visiting)provided by the Burden Center, a model community social service agency, on overall quality of life.
Condition or disease
Behavioral: Social Services
Specific outcomes include mental and physical function as measured by the SF-36, and depressive symptoms as measured by the CES-D depression scale. The hypothesis is that a multicomponent social service intervention program that provides social support and reduces social isolation can prevent depression and decline in quality of life in this vulnerable population.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
60 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
All new clients of the Burden Center for the Aging who are homebound, out of the home less than one time per week, and cognitively intact will be eligible for enrollment.
Clients unable to give informed consent such as those suffering from a major psychiatric disease or those who are not cognitively able to give informed consent will be excluded.
Clients who refuse to participate will be excluded