Social support as a right for elderly individuals with dementia

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Hatairat Warin
Thipaporn Potawin


This research studies social support systems and the rights of the elderly with dementia through qualitative
research. The research aimed to determine the support systems in use in Thailand which had the greatest efficacy. A
purposive sampling method coupled with consultations with nurse practitioners was used. The nurse practitioners
were based at the Poottarn Health Service Center, located in the Nongkam District of Bangkok. The participants of
the study included five elderly people with dementia, living in Nongkam community, who were able to
independently communicate. In–depth interviews with guided questions were conducted. All five of the elderly
individuals with dementia who were part of the study were female. Their age ranged from 65 to 75 years and all
suffered from hypertension. All had had dementia for more than three years and were somewhat able to care for
themselves. The participants, felt that social support encompassed - support and assistance from family members
when it was requested. They also explained that social support of the elderly with dementia should include being
treated with dignity and respect and should be carried out without condescension.
Dementia patients require quality health care and social services support, that protects them and cares for their
evolving needs. Care of elderly dementia patients includes attention to cognition, behavior, personality, and mental
health. The rights of elderly dementia patients should be legally guaranteed. They should have the right to receive
adequate medical and health care services as well as have access to legal professionals for the preparation of wills
and protection of their rights. These rights and social supports should be classified as human rights, alongside their
rights of citizenship, patient rights, and the Health Care Act.

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Warin, H., & Potawin, T. (2019). Social support as a right for elderly individuals with dementia. Interdisciplinary Research Review, 13(6), 1–5. Retrieved from
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