Awareness of family caregivers of elderly dementia patients residing at home
Matsumoto, Keiko Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare
Nagoshi, Megumi Fukuyama Heisei University
elderly dementia patients
residing at home
As indicated by the referring to family care givers as“second patients”, family members are known to be providing nursing care while bearing various latent burdens.
However, reports focusing on events that occur in the care setting are still only in the initial stages. Therefore, a qualitative factor exploratory analysis was conducted by focusing on findings based on the experiences of caregivers in order to identify thoughts and impressions obtained through the experience of providing care of family members caring for elderly dementia patients. The analysis was targeted at ７０ members of the“A Prefecture Branch of a Dementia Patient and Family Member Group”from whom replies were obtained to a semi-structured questionnaire. As a result, ６ categories were extracted from the replies, consisting of“use of programs”,“enhancement of opportunities for exchanges among patients”, “substantiation of dementia educational activities”,“regrets over lack of knowledge”,“monetary burden” and“cooperation of others”. As a result of analyzing and discussing the thoughts of family members from the viewpoint of findings obtained through the providing of care, it was found that the thoughts of family members regarding dementia programs are complex, and consist of numerous thoughts, including those indicating satisfaction as well as calling for improvements. However, the respondents also felt a need to place importance on social understanding, including an awareness of their own lack of knowledge. On the other hand, the respondents were also aware of the importance of providing greater opportunities for exchanges among patients themselves. In addition, although the providing of care is also associated with a considerable financial burden, it was also found that obtaining the understanding and cooperation of others in the community is also important.
The Journal of Nursing Investigation
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