APH 1998, 56, 291-303:
daily living scales and the needs for care and help among elderly before and after
T. Pepersack, I. Beyer, and the Study Group on Dependence in the French Community of Belgium
Keywords: autonomy, the elderly, ADL
Introduction. In Belgium, assessment of the economic charges allocated to care and help is based respectively on scale for activities of daily living (ADL) and on a local scale entitles "échelle d'aides aux personnes
Aims of the study. 1) To characterize the need for care and help of the elderly before an acute geriatric hospitalization and at discharge; 2) to study the validity of the scales used to assess the financial charges for care and help; and 3) to assess the effect of an acute geriatric hospitalization on the functional status and on the needs for care and help.
Methods. The need for care and help of 655 subjects were prospectively assessed according to their functional status using
Katz's and APA-ADL scales. The needs for care and help were determined using the frequencies of interventions for care and for help.