Many older adults need help with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and emotional support during hospitalization. Hospital staff is officially responsible for care, but most older adults are accompanied by family members who provide at least some of the support. In this study, we asked physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, and relatives about hospital staff versus family responsibility for providing ADL care and emotional support, and about actual levels of help provision by the hospital staff in Israel. Staff members (except physicians) tended to see staff as more responsible for ADL care than family, while emotional support was a shared responsibility. Nursing assistants were the most likely to report that staff provided high levels of support, and all participants reported that staff provided more ADL care than emotional support. It is important for family members and hospital staff to have open discussions of their expectations and responsibilities when older adults are hospitalized.
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- Emotional support
- Instrumental care
- Nursing assistance
- Staff and family responsibility
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