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Informal Caregivers' Perspectives on the Mandated No Visitation Policy During COVID-19 Pandemic in Long-Term Care: A Qualitative Study

Background: The current descriptive qualitative study aimed to explore how informal caregivers of persons residing in long-term care (LTC) facilities are coping with the no visitation policy during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted approximately 1 month after the no visitation policy was implemented. Interview questions explored how informal caregivers are feeling, coping, and staying connected and involved with loved ones residing in LTC.

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 16:50

Choral Singing Enriches Everyday Life for People With Mild to Moderate Dementia and Their Family Caregivers

Background: Dementia causes substantial suffering for affected persons and their family caregivers. Because no cure is available, it is important to investigate how alternative therapies can improve life for these individuals. Methods: For the current study, persons with dementia (PwD) were recruited from a specialized Memory Clinic in Sweden to engage in a choral singing intervention for 1 hour per week for four semesters.

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 21:36

“A World Upside Down”: Experiences of Informal Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Background: The caregiving process may result in negative outcomes for caregivers. The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has contributed additional challenges for family caregivers of older adults with chronic illnesses. Little is known about the additional impact of the pandemic on caregivers. Objectives: The purpose of the current study was to understand the effects of the pandemic on the caregiving experience. Methods: A qualitative descriptive content analysis was conducted on nine blogs of caregivers of older adults.

Tue, 07/26/2022 - 10:30

Predictors of Caregiver Burden in Delirium: Patient and Caregiver Factors

Background: The current study examined the association of patient factors, patient/caregiver relationships, and living arrangements with caregiver burden due to delirium. Methods: The sample included a subset (N = 207) of hospitalized medical and surgical patients (aged >70 years) enrolled in the Better Assessment of Illness Study and their care-givers. Results: The majority of caregivers were female (57%) and married (43%), and 47% reported living with the patient.

Sun, 06/12/2022 - 14:03

Interventions to Improve Health and Well-Being Among Family Caregivers of Older Adults With Chronic Illnesses: A Scoping Review

Background: Caregivers of older adults with chronic illnesses often face challenges that harm their health and well-being. Evidence-based strategies are needed to address such outcomes. Objectives: The current study aims to synthesize interventions designed to improve the health and well-being of caregivers of older adults with chronic illnesses. Methods: Search strategies included investigating four databases (e.g., PubMed, CINAHL), as well as conducting bibliographic, hand, and author searches.

Mon, 06/06/2022 - 22:13

Interventions for Family Members After Long-Term Care Placement of a Relative With Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Objectives: The current systematic review aimed to identify, appraise, and synthesize the available evidence regarding interventions that assisted family members of long-term care facility residents with dementia to cope with stressful situations. Methods: A search of published articles in eight databases was performed. Results: In total, 1,293 records were identified, with six studies included in this systematic review. Interventions were categorized as education/skill training, psychoeducation, and psychosocial support.

Mon, 06/06/2022 - 21:59

Health Care Professionals' Experiences as Family Caregivers During Intra-Hospital Transitions

Background: Family caregivers are often perceived as inexperienced family members assuming caregiving duties. However, health care professionals may also find themselves in an informal caregiving role as older adult relatives or friends are hospitalized and experience intra-hospital transitions. The purpose of the current study was to describe the experiences of health care professionals assuming the role of informal caregiver during intra-hospital transitions.

Wed, 06/01/2022 - 21:41

Gender Differences in Caregiver Burden Among Family Caregivers of Persons With Dementia

Objectives: The current study aimed to identify gender-dependent factors that influence caregiver burden among family caregivers of persons with dementia through secondary data analysis. Methods: We used a nationally representative survey of 379 family caregivers of persons with dementia completed in 2014. We examined factors affecting the burden experience of male and female caregivers, guided by the stress process model, using hierarchical regression. Results: The analytic sample included 159 males (42%) and 220 females (58%).

Wed, 06/01/2022 - 13:56

Family Caregivers' Conceptions of Trust in Home Health Care Providers

Background: Trust is important to family caregivers of older adults receiving home health care (HHC). Caregivers rely extensively on nurses, home health aides, and other providers to manage complex care tasks. Objective: The current study examined how family caregivers conceive of trust in HHC providers. Methods: Directed content analysis methods were applied to 40 qualitative interviews conducted with caregivers of HHC patients aged ≥65 years.

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 11:54

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