Caregiving Behaviors of Families Who Place an Elderly Relative in a Nursing Home

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158272
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Presentation
Title:
Caregiving Behaviors of Families Who Place an Elderly Relative in a Nursing Home
Abstract:
Caregiving Behaviors of Families Who Place an Elderly Relative in a Nursing Home
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2002
Author:Walton, Cynthia
P.I. Institution Name:Montana State University-Bozeman
Contact Address:College of Nursing, Missoula Campus MB2961, 32 Campus Drive #7416, Missoula, MT, 59812, Canada
This study was a part of a larger study of one community's exploration in end-of-life care. The purpose of this study was to describe the caregiving behaviors of participants whose dying family member was placed in a nursing home sometime during the illness/dying trajectory. Theoretical perspective: The preservative component of intergenerational caregiving as described in Bowers' (1987, 1988) provided the theoretical perspective for this study. Preservative care consists of four categories aimed at preserving the elderly persons' self and preventing depression. Included are maintaining the elder's connection with the family, preserving the institutionalized elder's dignity, maintaining hope, and helping the elder to maintain control of the environment and activities. Sample: Seventeen family members who had cared for 14 decedents formed the base for this study. The qualitative interviews of the family members were from a larger qualitative study (N=43) that examined family members' perceptions of the end-of-life experiences of 38 decedents. Design: A secondary analysis of qualitative data was used for the study. Transcripts were read and reread to identify language processes that participants used to construct meaning. Results: Bowers' theoretical perspective of preservative caregivng was supported by the findings of this study. Since maintaining hope (for survival) displayed the weakest support, Bowers' framework was supplemented with the hope fostering strategies of elderly individuals identified by Herth (1993). Conclusions: Because the care of the elders who are institutionalized means sharing the caregiving responsibilities, development of collaborative partnerships between the families and the nursing home staff is needed. Nursing can facilitate collaboration by providing orientation for families to the nursing home and its procedures and maintaining open communication regarding the elders' care on an ongoing basis. Families can share knowledge about their elders that will assist nursing home staffs in providing care that preserves the relative's dignity and helps them in maintaining control of their environment in so far as possible.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCaregiving Behaviors of Families Who Place an Elderly Relative in a Nursing Homeen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158272-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Caregiving Behaviors of Families Who Place an Elderly Relative in a Nursing Home</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Walton, Cynthia</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Montana State University-Bozeman</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, Missoula Campus MB2961, 32 Campus Drive #7416, Missoula, MT, 59812, Canada</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">chkwalton@earthlink.net</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">This study was a part of a larger study of one community's exploration in end-of-life care. The purpose of this study was to describe the caregiving behaviors of participants whose dying family member was placed in a nursing home sometime during the illness/dying trajectory. Theoretical perspective: The preservative component of intergenerational caregiving as described in Bowers' (1987, 1988) provided the theoretical perspective for this study. Preservative care consists of four categories aimed at preserving the elderly persons' self and preventing depression. Included are maintaining the elder's connection with the family, preserving the institutionalized elder's dignity, maintaining hope, and helping the elder to maintain control of the environment and activities. Sample: Seventeen family members who had cared for 14 decedents formed the base for this study. The qualitative interviews of the family members were from a larger qualitative study (N=43) that examined family members' perceptions of the end-of-life experiences of 38 decedents. Design: A secondary analysis of qualitative data was used for the study. Transcripts were read and reread to identify language processes that participants used to construct meaning. Results: Bowers' theoretical perspective of preservative caregivng was supported by the findings of this study. Since maintaining hope (for survival) displayed the weakest support, Bowers' framework was supplemented with the hope fostering strategies of elderly individuals identified by Herth (1993). Conclusions: Because the care of the elders who are institutionalized means sharing the caregiving responsibilities, development of collaborative partnerships between the families and the nursing home staff is needed. Nursing can facilitate collaboration by providing orientation for families to the nursing home and its procedures and maintaining open communication regarding the elders' care on an ongoing basis. Families can share knowledge about their elders that will assist nursing home staffs in providing care that preserves the relative's dignity and helps them in maintaining control of their environment in so far as possible.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:40:53Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:40:53Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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