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ROURE MURILLO, Rosa; ESCOBAR BRAVO, Miguel Ángel  and  JURSCHIK GIMENEZ, Pilar. Functional capacity in home care patients over 65 years attended at Lleida's Health Region. Gerokomos [online]. 2019, vol.30, n.2, pp.56-60. ISSN 1134-928X.


To evaluate the relationship between patient’s health problems and caregiver’s overburden with the deterioration of the functional capacity in people older than 65 years included, on home health care program.


The sample includes every process ≥6 months of Lleida’s Health Region patients during 6 years, keeping in mind that a patient can present more tan one process. The study compiles the patient´s evaluation data at the admission. The variables utilized were: socio-demographic characteristics, functional capacity, cognitive status, risk of pressure ulcer, overburden of the caregiver and social risk.


The total of the processes was 8.433, whose duration were between 6 and 92.7 months. The age average resulted as 86 years, and the 64.2% were women. The prevalence of whatever dependency degree resulted as 92.4%, and of whole 72.1% presented a degree of dependency from low to moderate and 20.3% presented severe or total dependency. Independent factors associated to functional loss resulted as: having 86 years or more, cognitive impairment, risk of pressure ulcer and caregiver’s overburden.


The prevalence of whatever degree of dependence is higher in patients of 65 years or more included in home health care, being the most common the low to moderate dependence. The nurse that provides the cares of these patients has to keep in mind factors such as being older, certain health problems and the overburden of the caregiver, that can influence functional loss of this population.

Keywords : Dependency; home care; elderly.

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