Dependent care and self care of spouse caregivers of dementia patients

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/148488
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Dependent care and self care of spouse caregivers of dementia patients
Abstract:
Dependent care and self care of spouse caregivers of dementia patients
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:1991
Author:Lindgren, Carolyn, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Wayne State University
Title:Assistant Professor
Spouses of those with dementia are providing intensive dependent

care at the same time they are trying to provide for their own

physical, psychological, and social needs. The purpose of this

study was to investigate the dependent care actions and self care

practices of spouse caregivers of dementia patients.



The study was designed to answer the following questions: (l) What

are the characteristics of the dependent care strategies and

actions of spouse caregiver of persons with dementia? (2) What are

characteristics of the self-care strategies and practices of spouse

caregiver of persons with dementia?



A qualitative, inductive approach was used to determine how

caregivers define and manage dependent care and self-care. The

subjects were 10 spouse caregivers providing care in their own

homes for a period of 6 months or more. Subjects were interviewed

in their homes for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. All subjects were asked, How

has it been for you?. Specific qualifying questions were asked to

obtain a comprehensive picture of the caregiver's perspective of

his/her experiences. Caregivers were asked what they felt the

future held for them.



Dependent care findings included descriptions of management

strategies and actions for behaviors such as combativeness,

pressure ulcers, and incontinence. Strategies were developed using

intuition, and trial and error. Subjects wanted to avoid

institutionalization of their spouses.



Self-care practices described by subjects were emotive-coping in

nature as a response to their emotional distress. They were

preoccupied with dependent care actions rather than self-care

practices. Supports from others were cited as helpful for

dependent care and self-care.



Findings emphasized the need for development of

supportive-educative nursing strategies to help caregivers in their

intense dependent care roles. The caregivers had little

self-identity outside of their caregiving role. They received

little if any nursing intervention addressing their psychosocial

and physical needs.



Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDependent care and self care of spouse caregivers of dementia patientsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/148488-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Dependent care and self care of spouse caregivers of dementia patients</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">1991</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Lindgren, Carolyn, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Wayne State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Spouses of those with dementia are providing intensive dependent<br/><br/>care at the same time they are trying to provide for their own<br/><br/>physical, psychological, and social needs. The purpose of this<br/><br/>study was to investigate the dependent care actions and self care<br/><br/>practices of spouse caregivers of dementia patients.<br/><br/><br/><br/>The study was designed to answer the following questions: (l) What<br/><br/>are the characteristics of the dependent care strategies and<br/><br/>actions of spouse caregiver of persons with dementia? (2) What are<br/><br/>characteristics of the self-care strategies and practices of spouse<br/><br/>caregiver of persons with dementia?<br/><br/><br/><br/>A qualitative, inductive approach was used to determine how<br/><br/>caregivers define and manage dependent care and self-care. The<br/><br/>subjects were 10 spouse caregivers providing care in their own<br/><br/>homes for a period of 6 months or more. Subjects were interviewed<br/><br/>in their homes for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. All subjects were asked, How<br/><br/>has it been for you?. Specific qualifying questions were asked to<br/><br/>obtain a comprehensive picture of the caregiver's perspective of<br/><br/>his/her experiences. Caregivers were asked what they felt the<br/><br/>future held for them.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Dependent care findings included descriptions of management<br/><br/>strategies and actions for behaviors such as combativeness,<br/><br/>pressure ulcers, and incontinence. Strategies were developed using<br/><br/>intuition, and trial and error. Subjects wanted to avoid<br/><br/>institutionalization of their spouses.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Self-care practices described by subjects were emotive-coping in<br/><br/>nature as a response to their emotional distress. They were<br/><br/>preoccupied with dependent care actions rather than self-care<br/><br/>practices. Supports from others were cited as helpful for<br/><br/>dependent care and self-care.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Findings emphasized the need for development of<br/><br/>supportive-educative nursing strategies to help caregivers in their<br/><br/>intense dependent care roles. The caregivers had little<br/><br/>self-identity outside of their caregiving role. They received<br/><br/>little if any nursing intervention addressing their psychosocial<br/><br/>and physical needs.<br/><br/><br/><br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:45:54Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:45:54Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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