Stressors of caregivers who admit family members to nursing homes
AuthorIbarrola, Susan J., 1959-
AdvisorLongman, Alice J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThirty 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.
Degree ProgramGraduate College