n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Perception of social workers on the effects of caring for HIV positive children, orphans and the elderly people in Vhembe district, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The study explored the views of social workers on the effects of caring for HIV positive children and orphans on the elderly people. The main objective was to describe the views of social workers on the effects of HIV/AIDS on the elderly people in the Vhembe District, Limpopo Province. A qualitative approach which is, explorative and descriptive was followed. The population comprised all social workers in the Thulamela Municipality employed by the Department of Health and Social Development. Purposive sampling of eight participants was selected from three social work sub-offices. In-depth individual interviews were used to collect data, which was analysed using Tesch's eight steps. Four themes emerged namely, effects of caring for HIV children and orphans on the elderly, coping strategies used by elderly people, challenges faced by elderly people and services rendered to the elderly. The elderly affected by HIV/AIDS suffer both psychologically and physically when caring for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Insufficient financial and human resources result in stress and poor coping skills.

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