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Predictors of health service use by family caregivers of persons with multimorbidity

Background: Informal caregivers of patients with multiple chronic conditions are socially good, promoting the sustainability of a large part of home care provision. However, this very demanding activity causes health problems that increase their own need for health services. This study analyses the use of health services by informal carers, comparing it with the use made by the general population with similar characteristics. Methodology: Cross‐sectional analytical study carried out in the Malaga‐Valle Guadalhorce Primary Health Care District (Spain).

Sat, 09/03/2022 - 14:46

How nurses support family caregivers in the complex context of end-of-life home care: a qualitative study

Background: Family caregivers are crucial in providing end-of-life care at home. Without their care, it would be difficult for many patients to die at home. In addition to providing care, family caregivers also need support for themselves. Nurses could play an important role in supporting family caregivers, but little is known about if and how they do so. The aim of this study is to explore how nurses currently approach and support family caregivers in end-of-life home care and which factors influence their support of family caregivers.

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 20:38

Home care in dementia: The views of informal carers from a co-designed consultation

Background: In the United Kingdom, there is a current priority for high-quality dementia care provided at home. However, home care or domiciliary care is an area where problems have been reported, in terms of a lack of consistency, coordination and appropriate responses to the specific needs of those with dementia. The views of informal carers, who often must respond to these problems when supporting relatives, are crucial in shedding light on the issues and in seeking to promote solutions.

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 14:45

Factors Influencing Implementation of eHealth Technologies to Support Informal Dementia Care: Umbrella Review

Background: The worldwide increase in community-dwelling people with dementia underscores the need for innovative eHealth technologies that aim to provide support to both patients and their informal caregivers in the home setting. However, sustainable implementation of eHealth technologies within this target group can be difficult.

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 20:16

Family Caregiver Perspectives on Benefits and Challenges of Caring for Older Adults With Paid Caregivers

Background: Many older adults receive help from both family caregivers and home care workers. We aimed to understand family caregivers’ perspectives on home care workers. Methods: This qualitative study took place at an academic medical center in New York, N.Y. We interviewed family caregivers of community-dwelling older adults about their experiences with home care workers. We analyzed transcripts thematically.

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 12:24

Until death do us part Adult children’s perspective of their parents’ transition from living at home to moving into a nursing home and the time after death

Background: Adult children are often key carers of frail older parents providing care for a long period of time in different care contexts. However, research concerning adult children’s caregiving experiences, from providing home-based care to facing the death of a parent in a nursing home is sparse. Thus, the aim was to explore the transition from living at home to moving into and living in a nursing home and the time after death from the perspective of next of kin to an older person.

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 20:34

“The system is well intentioned, but complicated and fallible” interviews with caregivers and decision makers about palliative care in Canada

Background: Canadian palliative care (PC) philosophy seeks to support individuals in a person-centered and sensitive manner. Unfortunately, philosophy does not necessarily translate into practice and this divide may leave patients without appropriate care at the end of life, causing distress for some families.

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 20:27

The ‘work’ of managing medications when someone is seriously ill and dying at home: A longitudinal qualitative case study of patient and family perspectives’

Background: Managing medications can impose difficulties for patients and families which may intensify towards the end of life. Family caregivers are often assumed to be willing and able to support patients with medications, yet little is known about the challenges they experience or how they cope with these. Aim: To explore patient and family caregivers’ views of managing medications when someone is seriously ill and dying at home.

Tue, 07/26/2022 - 10:52

What do family care-givers want from domiciliary care for relatives living with dementia? A qualitative study

Background: In the current ecology of care, social, rather than medical, support is critical in enabling frail older people to live at home. Objectives: This paper reports findings from a qualitative study about how home care workers (HCWs) support persons with dementia living in the community. Methods: Semi-structured qualitative interviews were carried out in England with 14 family care-givers (FCGs) recruited from a single private home care provider. A thematic analysis of the data was undertaken using the constant comparative method.

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 17:56

Willingness and preparedness to provide care: interviews with individuals of different ages and with different caregiving experiences

Background: At present, the provision of informal care to older relatives is an essential pillar of the long-term care system in Germany. However, the impact of demographic and social changes on informal caregiving remains unclear. Methods: Thirty-three semi-structured interviews were conducted with care consultants, informal caregivers and people without any caregiving experience to explore if people are willing to provide older adult care and how prepared these are with regard to the possibility of becoming care dependent themselves.

Fri, 07/22/2022 - 11:37

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