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Caregiving-related needs of family caregivers of older Singaporeans

Objective: To describe the extent and correlates of caregiving‐related needs among family caregivers of Singaporeans aged 75+ with ≥1 activity of daily living limitations (care‐recipients).

Methods: National survey data of 1181 care‐recipient/caregiver dyads were used. Caregiver's report (yes/no) of 16 needs was assessed. Care‐recipient and caregiver correlates of each need were determined through logistic regression analysis.

Results: Caregiving‐related needs were expressed by 42.3% caregivers. The most commonly reported need was keeping care‐recipient safe at home (24.5%). Needs concerned with caring for care‐recipients were more frequent than those concerned with the caregiver's own needs. The most frequent correlate was care‐recipient's extent of mood impairment (associated with 13 needs).

Conclusion: Caregivers should not neglect themselves when engaging in care provision. Families and service providers should explore whether reported lack of needs reflects limited awareness and/or under‐reporting.

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Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Journal article
Publisher
Wiley
ISBN/ISSN
1440-6381
Publication Year
2017
Issue Number
1
Journal Titles
Australasian Journal on Ageing
Volume Number
36
Start Page
e8
End Page
e13