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INDIAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH STUDIES - Volume 2 Issue 1, January 2020

Pages: 26-62
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Aging in India: From Family to Institutional Care

Author: Deborah C. Menezes

Category: Health Studies


This paper has two parts—the first reviews literature on institutional care in the world, in India, and in Goa; the second presents a case study of care homes in Goa. The study was carried out in three phases: scoping study for first two months, following which we applied participant observation for a month each in three homes, the three months following that, we conducted in-depth interviews on a sample of 24 residents, 12 employees and managerial staff distributed across the three homes. The review highlights transitions in the Indian socioeconomic, cultural and value systems which espouse the need for quality institutional care for the elderly. The case study explores the decision-making dynamics of admission into a care home as well as the process of moving into a care home.

Keywords: aging, care home, case study, ethnography

DOI: 10.56490/IJHS.2020.2102