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The experience of family carers of people with dementia who are hospitalised

Bloomer, Melissa, Digby, Robin, Tan, Heather, Crawford, Kimberley and Williams, Allison 2016, The experience of family carers of people with dementia who are hospitalised, Dementia, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 1234-1245, doi: 10.1177/1471301214558308.

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Title The experience of family carers of people with dementia who are hospitalised
Author(s) Bloomer, MelissaORCID iD for Bloomer, Melissa orcid.org/0000-0003-1170-3951
Digby, Robin
Tan, Heather
Crawford, Kimberley
Williams, Allison
Journal name Dementia
Volume number 15
Issue number 5
Start page 1234
End page 1245
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 1471-3012
1741-2684
Keyword(s) family carer
dementia
hospital
emotional support
carer
Summary Hospital admission of a person with dementia can have a significant impact on the family carer, who temporarily relinquishes caring to health professionals. A descriptive qualitative design using in-depth interviews with a conversational approach was used to elicit data. Adjusting to the change in the carer’s role can be challenging and result in feelings of helplessness, loneliness, loss of control and being undervalued. Family support can assist with the transition but family conflict increases anxiety. Good communication between clinicians and the carer is vital. The carer should be included in decision-making as the ‘expert' in the care of the person with dementia. This article discusses findings of a larger study specifically related to the emotional support required for the carers of people with dementia, who are admitted to hospital. The carer and the patient must be considered as a dyad in relation to discharge planning.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1471301214558308
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1103 Clinical Sciences
1110 Nursing
1702 Cognitive Science
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 ©2014, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081902

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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