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Verbakel, Ellen

Caregiving to Older Adults: Determinants of Informal Caregivers’ Subjective Well-being and Formal and Informal Support as Alleviating Conditions

Objectives In response to concerns about the sustainability of health care systems that increasingly rely on informal care, we first investigate explanations of informal caregivers’ subjective well-being: primary stressors (care-receivers’ cognitive impairment, functional disability, and problem behavior), primary appraisal (hours of informal caregiving), and secondary appraisal (burden).

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 13:13

Explaining the Gender Gap in the Caregiving Burden of Partner Caregivers

Objectives: We examine gender differences in the experienced burden of partner caregivers using the stress-appraisal model. Gender differences can be explained by differences in conditions of burden (primary stressors, help from others, hours of caregiving, and secondary stressors) and how strong their effects are.; Method: The data are from the Netherlands' Older Persons and Informal Caregivers Survey-Minimum Data Set (N = 1,611 caregivers).

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:13

Positive and negative outcomes of informal caregiving at home and in institutionalised long-term care: a cross-sectional study

Background: Our ageing society is putting tremendous strain on public health and welfare programs to meet the needs of ageing individuals. Promoting informal caregiving is one way for policymakers to reduce this burden. However, caregiving may be experienced as stressful and is associated with adverse health consequences. While quite a lot of research focuses on caregiving for community-dwelling older adults, little is known about informal care in institutionalised long-term care (ILTC).

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 15:04

How to understand informal caregiving patterns in Europe? The role of formal long-term care provisions and family care norms

Aims: Motivated by ageing populations, healthcare policies increasingly emphasize the role of informal care. This study examines how prevalence rates of informal caregivers and intensive caregivers (i.e. those who provide informal care for at least 11 hours a week) vary between European countries, and to what extent informal caregiving and intensive caregiving relate to countries’ formal long-term care provisions and family care norms.

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:05