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The changing health-care system in Ghana: forms of care within residential aged care facilities in urban Accra

Joy Ato Nyarko ( Department of General and Liberal Studies, School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana)
Joana Kwabena-Adade ( Department of General and Liberal Studies, School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana)
Andrews Kwabena-Adade ( Department of Anaesthesia, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 8 May 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The emergence of residential aged care facilities (RACFs) within the Ghanaian health-care system has raised eyebrows because, hitherto, the concept of nursing homes had largely been perceived as an anomaly. The purpose of this study is to understand this emerging phenomenon and the activities of care provided within two facilities in the nation’s capital, Accra.

Design/methodology/approach

The study draws on participant observations and in-depth interviews with purposively sampled 15 residents in the two facilities and eight caregivers. The data were analysed using thematic approach.

Findings

The study found that the daily forms of care mostly performed for the elderly were intimate and non-intimate physical, medical, emotional and spiritual and end-of-life care. The bulk of activities of care were performed in the morning.

Originality/value

The study reveals that the changing landscape of health-care facilities in Ghana to include RACFs indicates RACFs have come to stay to provide different forms of care to older persons who otherwise were cared for by the family.

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Citation

Nyarko, J.A., Kwabena-Adade, J. and Kwabena-Adade, A. (2024), "The changing health-care system in Ghana: forms of care within residential aged care facilities in urban Accra", Working with Older People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-01-2024-0006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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