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The Needs of Family Caregivers of People Living with Mental Illness: A Social Workers Assessment

The aim of this study was to explore the needs of Family Caregivers of people living with mental illness in Kumasi, Ghana. An exploratory research design using a Qualitative approach was employed for the study and one on one interview was used to collect data. A total of 13 participants who were identified as Family Caregivers of mentally ill persons having their rehabilitation in Kumasi were used for the study. Thematic content analysis was used to analyse and interpret the qualitative data. The results indicated that Family Caregivers were in need of medical attention as well as helping hand to assist them in their many physical engagement and adequate sleep and time off to replenish their lost energies to prevent stress. They were also in need of shelter to accommodate their mentally ill relatives as well as social affection. Others were in need of information to gain insight into patient's treatment and condition as well as financial support. Family Caregivers needed support from friends and society in order to psyche them for their task. It is, therefore, necessary that the needs of Family Caregivers are addressed so that they can function accordingly.

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Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Journal article
Publisher
Informa UK ltd
ISBN/ISSN
0950-3153
Publication Year
2018
Issue Number
5
Journal Titles
Practice: Social work in action
Volume Number
30
Start Page
323
End Page
339