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Table 3 Responses of older people receiving home care to the ASCOT questionnaire (n = 301)

From: An assessment of the construct validity of the ASCOT measure of social care-related quality of life with older people

Attribute Frequency (Percent) Number answered by proxy (Percent)
Control over daily life (n = 270)   31 (10.3)
I have as much control over my daily life as I want 87 (32.2)  
I have adequate control over my daily life 86 (31.9)  
I have some control over my daily life 82 (30.4)  
I have no control over my daily life 15 (5.6)  
Personal cleanliness and comfort (n = 273)   28 (9.3)
I feel clean and am able to present myself the way I like 165 (60.4)  
I feel adequately clean and presentable 87 (31.9)  
I feel less than adequately clean or presentable 19 (7.0)  
I don't feel at all clean or presentable 2 (1.0)  
Food and drink (n = 271)   30 (10.0)
I get all the food and drink I like when I want 213 (78.6)  
I get food and drink adequate for my needs 55 (20.3)  
I don't get all the food and drink I need, but I don't think there is a risk to my health 1 (0.4)  
I don't get all the food and drink I need, and I think there is a risk to my health 2 (0.7)  
Accommodation cleanliness and comfort (n = 272)   29 (9.6)
My home is as clean and comfortable as I want 173 (63.6)  
My home is adequately clean and comfortable 92 (33.8)  
My home is less than adequately clean and comfortable 6 (2.2)  
My home is not at all clean and comfortable 1 (0.4)  
Safety (n = 273)   28 (9.3)
I feel as safe as I want 154 (56.4)  
Generally I feel adequately safe, but not as safe as I'd like 85 (31.1)  
I feel less than adequately safe 27 (9.9)  
I don't feel at all safe 7 (2.6)  
Social participation (n = 271)   30 (10.0)
I have as much social contact as I want with people I like 105 (38.8)  
I have adequate social contact with people 94 (34.7)  
I have some social contact with people, but not enough 55 (20.3)  
I have little social contact with people and feel socially isolated 17 (6.3)  
Occupation (n = 272)   29 (9.6)
I'm able to spend my time as I want, doing things I value or enjoy 85 (31.3)  
I'm able to do enough of the things I value or enjoy with my time 72 (26.5)  
I do some of the things I value or enjoy with my time but not enough 103 (37.9)  
I don't do anything I value or enjoy with my time 12 (4.4)  
Dignity (n = 273)   28 (9.3)
The way I'm helped and treated makes me think and feel better about myself 134 (49.1)  
The way I'm helped and treated does not affect the way I think or feel about myself 106 (38.8)  
The way I'm helped and treated sometimes undermines the way I think or feel about myself 30 (11.0)  
The way I'm helped and treated completely undermines the way I think or feel about myself 3 (1.1)