J Korean Acad Nurs.  2012 Apr;42(2):291-301. 10.4040/jkan.2012.42.2.291.

Homebound status and Related Factors According to Age in Female Elders in the Community

  • 1Department of Nursing, Hyechon University, Daejeon, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. pea0701@hanamil.net


The purpose of this study was to investigate homebound status and significant related factors for community-dwelling female elders according to age.
The participants were female elders over 65 years of age registered in public health centers. Data were collected by interviewing the elders, who voluntarily completed the entire survey. For data analysis, descriptive statistics and multiple logistic regression were performed using SPSS version 18.0.
There were statistically significant differences in homeboundness and related factors between the young-old (65 to 74 years of age) and the old-old (75 years of age or older). The level of homeboundness of the old-old was higher than that of the young-old. Multiple logistic regression showed, timed "up and go", depression, and fear of falling as significantly associated with homebound status of the young-old, while hand grip strength (right), timed "up and go", static balance ability, severity of urinary incontinence, and fear of falling as significant for the old-old.
The findings of this study indicate that homebound status and related factors for elders are different according to age, and therefore, interventions to prevent and help homebound elders get over being homebound should be developed according to age.


Homebound persons; Female; Aged
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