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Family caregivers for older persons with dementia offer recommendations to current caregivers: a qualitative investigation

Background and aims: Family members who care for older adults with dementia encounter significant difficulties across many domains. There is limited research in this area; thus, the aim here is to share the actual experiences of 30 family caregivers to other family caregivers and to show how these experiences can provide help and recommendations.

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 12:29

Are informal family caregivers stigmatized differently based on their gender or employment status?: a German study on public stigma towards informal long-term caregivers of older individuals

Background: Stigma and informal caregiving are determinants for health and wellbeing, but few studies have examined stigma towards informal caregiving. Public stigma may be expressed differently towards caregivers depending on their gender and employment status due to societal norms. Therefore, this study analyzes if there is a difference in public stigma shown by the general population toward informal caregivers of care recipients aged 65 years or older based on the observed caregiver’s gender or working status.

Thu, 08/18/2022 - 14:23

Assessing psychosocial interventions for informal caregivers of older people with early dementia: A systematic review of randomized controlled evidence

Background: Dementia affects not only the patients, but also the caregivers. Timely targeted supporting for informal caregivers of people with dementia can improve their health and life quality, as well as contribute to sustainable healthcare. However, which interventions could efficiently support them and why still remains unclear. Objectives: This systematic review aims to close this gap by critically assessing the current state of randomized controlled evidence concerning informal caregivers of older people with early dementia.

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 17:46

Grieves And Struggles Of Family Caregivers Providing Care For Bedridden Elderly Patients Affected By Chronic Degenerative Diseases

Objective: To understand grieves and struggles of family caregivers providing care for bedridden elderly patients affected by chronic degenerative diseases. Methods: This cross-sectional study was developed following the guidelines of the clinical-qualitative method. The sample was composed of 10 female family caregivers of bedridden elderly patients affected by chronic degenerative diseases in a city in the interior of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The sample size was determined by data saturation.

Wed, 06/01/2022 - 21:12

The fear of falls in the caregivers of institutionalized elders

Aims: To understand how the fear of falls emerges and manifests itself in caregivers of institutionalized elders. Methods: It is a qualitative study, based on the Grounded Theory and carried out with 24 informal caregivers, 5 nurses, 2 physicians and 2 directors of two Portuguese nursing homes. Data collection took place through interviews, participant observation, and documentation analysis, between October 2016 and January 2018. Data was collected and analyzed simultaneously, following the stages of open, axial, and selective coding.

Mon, 05/30/2022 - 18:31

Family-oriented interventions in long-term care residential settings: a scoping review protocol

Objectives: The objective of this review will be to identify the characteristics (eg, type, duration, and provider) of family-oriented interventions in long-term care residential settings. The authors will also identify which outcomes are reported in the literature when implementing family-oriented interventions. Introduction: An array of family-oriented interventions in long-term care residential settings exist.

Mon, 05/30/2022 - 18:22

The capacity of informal caregivers in the rehabilitation of older people after a stroke

Objective: To characterize informal caregivers of dependent older people after a stroke related to aspects of care, and to describe the activities performed and the difficulties faced by these caregivers. Methods: Cross-sectional, descriptive study, held in southern Brazil with 190 informal caregivers of older adults after stroke. The sociodemographic data instrument and the Capacity Scale for Informal Caregivers of Elderly Stroke Patients (ECCIID-AVC), adapted and validated for use in Brazil by Dal Pizzol et al., were used.

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 19:09

Management of home care by family caregivers to elderly after hospital discharge

Objective: To understand the management of home care by family caregivers of dependent elderly people after hospital discharge.; Methods: Qualitative research guided by hermeneutics-dialectic, anchored in the theory of communicative action. Data collection took place using a semi-structured interview with 11 participants.; Results: Two categories were constructed: Management of the many types of care by the caregiver and the relationship between family caregiver and health care network.

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 09:35

Life‐space mobility in dementia patients and family caregivers: A dyadic approach

Background and objective: Given that most dementia care is provided at home by family caregivers, caregivers' health and outdoor activities may influence persons with dementia (PWDs)' mobility. At the same time, PWDs' functional deterioration and mobility changes might affect mobility behaviours in their caregivers. The aims of this pilot study were to examine the relationship of PWD's life‐space mobility (LSM) with their caregiver's LSM and to investigate the role of caregiver and PWD characteristics in determining the level of LSM in both PWDs and caregivers.

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 18:20

LEAVES (optimizing the mentaL health and resiliencE of older Adults that haVe lost thEir spouSe via blended, online therapy): Proposal for an Online Service Development and Evaluation

Background: Loss of a spouse is a frequent occurrence in later life. While most older adults successfully process this loss and will return to a normal life, about 10% of the individuals are unable to cope, and progress to prolonged grief (PG). PG, in turn, can result in mental and physical problems including poor sleep, cardiovascular problems, depression, and suicidal tendencies.

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 17:47

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