THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Volume 12, No. 1, (2014)
Elderly Care: An Examination of Shahuchi Old People’s Home, Kano, Nigeria
Patience E. Ukiri Mudiare
Department of Sociology Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
In Nigeria, it is expected that children take care of their parents in their old age. However, it is increasingly becoming more difficult for children to cater for their aged parents who are not economically buoyant. Because of filial piety, the idea of putting one’s parents in an institution like old people’s home is an anathema for most people. Yet the need for such homes and other specialized care for the elderly is obvious in the light of the burden being experienced by women who are the major primary caregivers. This study of an Old People’s Home in Kano revealed that other than the accommodation and feeding provided, there are no specialized programmes and facilities to cater for the physical, mental and social needs of the elderly. Gender segregation is enforced but no consideration is given to differences in age, physical and developmental challenges. This highlights the urgent need for the Nigerian government to take more proactive measures in its policy on ageing by making provisions for long-term care facilities, residential arrangements with assisted living facilities, and adult day care centres with competent personnel.
Keywords: old people’s home, filial piety, primary caregiver, long-term care, assisted living