Challenges Faced by Grandparents in Caring for AIDS Orphans in Koster, South Africa

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304348
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Challenges Faced by Grandparents in Caring for AIDS Orphans in Koster, South Africa
Author(s):
Phetlhu, Deliwe Rene
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Lambda
Author Details:
Deliwe Rene Phetlhu, PhD, rene.phetlhu@nwu.ac.za
Abstract:

Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Purpose: To explore and describe the challenges faced by grandparents in caring for AIDS orphans and the coping mechanisms used to deal with them.

Methods: The maslow’s theory of human needs was used as a theoretical framework that ground this study. A qualitative research approach using exploratory and descriptive design was used. Grandparents caring for AIDS orphans and linked to specific Non Governmental Organizations were purposively selected. Interviews were conducted with those who volunteered to participate until data saturation was achieved. Data was analyzed and interpreted using Tesch model. Ethical principles were adhered to and rigor maintained throughout the study process.

Results: Different dimensions of challenges were identified which included the physical and biophysical, socio-economic and psychosocial and emotional aspects such as overcrowding due to orphans being adopted, orphans’ illness and grandparents’ own physical illnesses. Participants reported that the challenges elicited emotional responses such as frustration, shame and hopelessness. The need for government assistance with supply of food to take care of the orphans was raised. In the wake of the challenges the support from relatives, employers and home based workers assisted the grandparents to cope. In addition the grandparents reported that they sourced for odd jobs to augment their salaries and depended on cheap and old goods to maintain the AIDS orphans

Conclusion: Grandparents in this geographic area struggle to take care of AIDS orphans but feels duty bound to continue despite the many challenges that they encounter. Negative emotions are experiences which results in frustration and mostly feeling of helplessness. However the support from other and additional salary often lessen the burden. It is however important that nurses as the first point of contact for most of these grandparents assist by referring them to the correct officials and departments during the first encounter and alert the policy makers of this reality.

Keywords:
ORPHANS; GRANDPARENTS; AIDS
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleChallenges Faced by Grandparents in Caring for AIDS Orphans in Koster, South Africaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPhetlhu, Deliwe Reneen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentTau Lambdaen_GB
dc.author.detailsDeliwe Rene Phetlhu, PhD, rene.phetlhu@nwu.ac.zaen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304348-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b><b>To explore and describe the challenges faced by grandparents in caring for AIDS orphans and the coping mechanisms used to deal with them.</b><p><b>Methods: </b><b>The maslow’s theory of human needs was used as a theoretical framework that ground this study. A qualitative research approach using exploratory and descriptive design was used. Grandparents caring for AIDS orphans and linked to specific Non Governmental Organizations were purposively selected. Interviews were conducted with those who volunteered to participate until data saturation was achieved. Data was analyzed and interpreted using Tesch model. Ethical principles were adhered to and rigor maintained throughout the study process.</b><p><b>Results: </b><b>Different dimensions of challenges were identified which included the physical and biophysical, socio-economic and psychosocial and emotional aspects such as overcrowding due to orphans being adopted, orphans’ illness and grandparents’ own physical illnesses. Participants reported that the challenges elicited emotional responses such as frustration, shame and hopelessness. The need for government assistance with supply of food to take care of the orphans was raised. In the wake of the challenges the support from relatives, employers and home based workers assisted the grandparents to cope. In addition the grandparents reported that they sourced for odd jobs to augment their salaries and depended on cheap and old goods to maintain the AIDS orphans</b><p><b>Conclusion: </b><b>Grandparents in this geographic area struggle to take care of AIDS orphans but feels duty bound to continue despite the many challenges that they encounter. Negative emotions are experiences which results in frustration and mostly feeling of helplessness. However the support from other and additional salary often lessen the burden. It is however important that nurses as the first point of contact for most of these grandparents assist by referring them to the correct officials and departments during the first encounter and alert the policy makers of this reality.</b>en_GB
dc.subjectORPHANSen_GB
dc.subjectGRANDPARENTSen_GB
dc.subjectAIDSen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:34:00Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:34:00Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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