Families and caregivers of older people: expectations, communication and care decisions

Digby, Robin and Bloomer, Melissa J. 2014, Families and caregivers of older people: expectations, communication and care decisions, Collegian, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 345-351, doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2013.08.006.

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Title Families and caregivers of older people: expectations, communication and care decisions
Author(s) Digby, Robin
Bloomer, Melissa J.ORCID iD for Bloomer, Melissa J. orcid.org/0000-0003-1170-3951
Journal name Collegian
Volume number 21
Issue number 4
Start page 345
End page 351
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-12
ISSN 1322-7696
Keyword(s) Families
Care-givers
Care decisions
Discharge-planning
Older people
Summary While family caregivers may temporarily relinquish responsibility for daily care to health professionals for the period of hospitalization, new expectations and demands are placed upon them. Family caregivers can be asked to commit to new relationships with health professionals, contribute to care decisions and discharge planning. For the caregivers of older patients these new expectations may be challenging, and contribute to feelings of burden and increased stress. The aim of this qualitative descriptive study was to explore the experience of family caregivers when their relative is an inpatient in this outer Melbourne geriatric evaluation and management facility. This study found that the burden associated with the experience of caregiving continued despite the hospitalization of their relative. The challenges faced by families included communicating with health professionals, and being asked to contribute to care decisions, in particular those regarding discharge planning, and managing conflict. In conclusion, the issues and challenges faced by family caregivers needs to be acknowledged and considered as an extension of patient care planning
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2013.08.006
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081901

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