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Applying the concept of structural empowerment to interactions between families and home-care nurses

Interpretations of family carer empowerment in much nursing research, and in home-care practice and policy, rarely attend explicitly to families' choice or control about the nature, extent or length of their involvement, or control over the impact on their own health. In this article, structural empowerment is used as an analytic lens to examine home-care nurses' interactions with families in one Western Canadian region. Data were collected from 75 hrs of fieldwork in 59 interactions (18 nurses visiting 16 families) and interviews with 12 nurses and 11 family carers.

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 15:07

146 The Lived Experience of Carer Resilience Told by Carer Advocates

Background Established in 2013 this network of volunteer family carers is a national advocacy group that presents a vital opportunity for carers to use their voice to raise awareness of issues affecting families living with dementia in Ireland. The network is facilitated by a dementia specific service provider. These carer advocates wish to present on a piece of qualitative research they have recently conducted on the topic of carer resilience at the advanced stages of caring for a loved one with dementia.

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 14:58

65 The Health and Well-Being of Family Carers of Older People: An Exploratory Cross-Sectional Analysis

Background Family carers are critical to supporting older people to live well in their homes and demand for care at home is projected to increase dramatically into the future. The Irish state and health system, therefore, are dependent upon the supply of family care now and into the future. The health and well-being of older family carers, and carers providing care to older people in the community, is under-researched.

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 14:48

Not sick enough: Experiences of carers of people with mental illness negotiating care for their relatives with mental health services

WHAT IS KNOWN ON THE SUBJECT?: Existing literature provides insight into the general experience of carers of people with a mental illness. Previous studies have found that carers experience a range of emotions when looking after their relatives with a mental illness. However, experiences of carers as they engage with the healthcare system is largely absent from the literature. WHAT THIS PAPER ADDS TO EXISTING KNOWLEDGE?: This paper identified the experiences of carers when their relatives are experiencing a crisis or acutely unwell.

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 13:53

Dualities of dementia illness narratives and their role in a narrative economy

The concept of 'narrative economies' has recently been proposed as a set of exchange relationships that, through biography and story-telling, facilitate access to resources and act as a source of value. We utilise this concept to inform our analysis of 18 qualitative interviews with five people with dementia and four informal carers. Our participants are members of a pre-existing group of dementia advocates, representing the voices of those living with the condition.

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:20

Barriers to genuine consumer and carer participation from the perspectives of Australian systemic mental health advocates

Background: Consumer and carer participation in mental health service development and evaluation has widespread nominal support. However, genuine and consistent participation remains elusive due to systemic barriers.

Aims: This paper explores barriers to reform for mental health services from the perspectives of consumers and carers actively engaged in advocating for improvements in the mental health system.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:22

How to give users and carers a voice

Suffolk's HSJ Award-nominated People Project aims to empower service users and carers. Participants attend workshops on subjects including getting heard. The project has secured a new round of funding to take it through to August 2006.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

Scots pioneers

The Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project - Mecopp - provides respite care and advocacy for carers in Scotland. This article looks at how the project has expanded and why the model works.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

Fearless in west London

Describes the Abhay Partnership Project to deliver advocacy services for South Asian elders and their informal elder carers in west London. It also aims to change and improve how the 6 consortium partners, 3 host agencies and 9 community centres design and deliver services to such people.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15

Supporting mental health carers' role in recovery

The project was set up to improve the support offered to carers of people with serious mental health problems through supportive and educational group workshops. It aimed to empower carers by improving their understanding of mental health services and care; and to develop a model of carer and mentoring support. From the 15 carers recruited, five left due to personal circumstances leaving a core group of 10. The group also contained a high proportion of black and minority ethnic carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:14

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