Institutional care for older people in developing countries: the case of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, Nelida Redondo

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This paper examines the quality of care provided by old age homes in developing countries. It draws attention to the growing demand for such services and the emergence of a largely unregulated private sector. The paper reviews the findings of a survey of 101 private old age homes conducted in Buenos Aires, Argentina during 2004 and 2005. This reveals that the quality of care leaves much to be desired, and that the rights, autonomy and dignity of older people are often neglected. Particular issues of concern are the repressive managerial structures (including the use of restraints and medication), questionable processes of admission, and limited support for dependent residents. The paper calls for long-term care to be given a higher policy profile in developing countries than is currently the case.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-56
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Population Ageing
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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