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Co‐production in coping with care dependency in Germany: How can integrated local care centres contribute?

Background: In Germany, most care dependent people are looked after by family members at home. Professional support can help ease the burden of caring relatives and stabilise home care. Ideally, care then is provided through the co‐production of formal and informal caregivers. Objective: This article analyses how care dependent people and their family caregivers integrate professional support into their care arrangements.

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 21:43

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

Timely Communication Through Telehealth: Added Value for a Caregiver During COVID-19

Objective: This caregiver case study applies the lens of relational coordination theory (RC) to examine the value of telehealth as a medium of care coordination for a pediatric patient with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an unprecedented burden on the delivery of healthcare around the globe and has increased the reliance on telehealth services.

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 21:28

Typologies of Dementia Caregiver Support Networks: A Pilot Study

Background and Objectives: There are nearly 18 million family caregivers in the United States assisting an older adult in need of help. Identifying the caregivers in greatest need of support requires an understanding of the current social support networks available to family caregivers and whether specific groups of caregivers are at risk of having an insufficient support network.

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 20:40

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

When Family Caregivers Meet Health Care Institutions

Nurses have the opportunity to make a difference for caregivers.

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 20:27

Carers’ experiences of assistive technology use in dementia care: a cross sectional survey

Background: Assistive Technology (AT) supports persons with dementia and their carers (family, friends and neighbours), yet little is known about experiences and the impact of AT on carers. We report on an exploratory survey that examined the types, uses, costs and impact of AT on carers as well as their quality of life.

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 20:20

Carers and higher education: Where next?

Background: Although widening access policies have led to greater prioritisation of carers in higher education, strategies to address their needs remain underdeveloped. Objective: This paper puts forward a dual approach to progressing this agenda that recognises all students who have or have had experience of caring. Methods: Using an established theoretical lens on retention, institutional strategies for improving the success of carers studying in higher education are proposed.

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 20:14

Caregiving Stress and Self-Rated Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Mediating Role of Resourcefulness

Background: Family caregivers faced unprecedented circumstances and experienced increased levels of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resourcefulness can minimize the effect of stress on health outcomes. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between caregiving stress during the pandemic, resourcefulness, and self-rated health and assess the mediating effect of resourcefulness.

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 20:07

Gender differences in research samples of family carers of adults with cancer: a systematic review

Background: Rising global demand for informal care makes it increasingly important to have a comprehensive understanding of carers’ experiences. However, research is thought to be skewed towards women’s experience, leading some to call men ‘forgotten carers’. Methods: A systematic review following Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analysis guidelines was conducted to assess the gender balance of study samples of family carers of someone living with cancer.

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 19:15

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