Quality of nursing home care in Cyprus: are elder residents content with their treatment?

J Gerontol Soc Work. 2008;50(3-4):3-24. doi: 10.1300/J083v50n3_02.


Responding to a conspicuous dearth of knowledge on the quality of elder services in Cyprus, this study ventured to document Cypriot elders' feelings and experiences with nursing home care in Cyprus. Explicitly, four different types of nursing homes were called on (a governmental, a community-run, a faith-based, and a private one) to interview residents (n = 73; a response rate of 100%). Results suggest that Cypriot elders are clearly content with the level of primary care they receive in nursing homes, as mirrored in the quality of nutrition, medical treatment, staff professionalism, and sanitation of nursing home environment. However, the preponderance of residents feels loneliness and denial of essential entertainment opportunities in these institutions and a consequential motivational depletion. Finding implications for domestic and international policy, social work practice, and future research are explored.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cyprus
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Homes for the Aged / economics
  • Homes for the Aged / standards*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Loneliness
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Homes / economics
  • Nursing Homes / standards*
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Quality of Health Care*