Turkish Journal of Geriatrics 2011 , Vol 14, Issue 1
EXAMINATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND DEMOGRAPHIC AND ACCIDENT-RELATED CHARACTERISTICS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE LIVING IN A NURSING HOME
Sibel ERKAL1, Hande ŞAHİN2, Esna Betül SÜRGİT1
1Hacettepe Üniversitesi, İİBF Aile ve Tüketici Bilimleri Bölümü, ANKARA
2Gazi Üniversitesi, Aile ve Tüketici Bilimleri Eğitimi Bölümü, ANKARA
Introduction: The purpose of this research was to assess the quality of life of 65+ year old people living in a nursing home in Ankara and to examine the relationship between the quality of life and the demographic and accident-related characteristics of these individuals.

Materials and Method: World Health Organization “WHOQOL-OLD Life Quality Scale” and a questionnaire consisting of some variables developed by the researchers to assess the demographic characteristics of the study participants and the accidents they had were used as data collection tools in the scope of the study. The questionnaire form was administered to 121 elderly people living in a nursing home in Ankara and the collected data were analyzed using appropriate statistical methods in line with the objectives of the research.

Results: A significant relationship was found between the WHOQOL-OLD Life Quality Scale and elderly people's gender, age, marital status, monthly income, education level and accidents they had. Of the elderly people, 27.3% had an accident over the past year and almost all of these accidents (97.0%) were falls.

Conclusion: Some demographic characteristics and casualty-injury status affect the quality of life of elderly people. Keywords : Aged, Quality of Life, WHOQOL Life Quality Scale, Accident