• Stressors of caregivers who admit family members to nursing homes

      Longman, Alice J.; Ibarrola, Susan J., 1959- (The University of Arizona., 1993)
      Thirty caregivers were interviewed to determine the reasons for the nursing home placement of a relative. A three part questionnaire was used to measure the variables of change in the caregivers' health, social support, social isolation, financial stress, and care receivers' severity of illness. Caregivers consistently identified a decline in physical and emotional health, increased social isolation, declining informal support, and limited formal support. Nearly 50% of the care receivers' demonstrated inappropriate behaviors. With the identification of the reasons for the nursing home placement, caregivers frequently referred to their declining physical, emotional, and social health. Nearly 50% of the subjects described the nursing home as the only choice, and slightly less than 50% identified feelings of guilt. Further education for both professionals and caregivers is essential to help meet the needs of elders and their families.