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Caregivers’ experiences of caring for an elderly next of kin in Sweden
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Division of Advanced Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2793-9937
2013 (English)In: Vård i Norden, ISSN 0107-4083, E-ISSN 1890-4238, Vol. 33, no 4, p. 28-32Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Care of elderly changed in the 1990s in Sweden; treatment sessions were shortened in particular. Consequently, patients have a greater need for care when returning home from hospital. This task may seem overwhelming and caregivers can feel lonely, worn out and resigned in their situation. Aim: Explore how caregivers experience caring for an elderly next of kin in ordinary living. Method: Qualitative content analysis of semi-structured interviews with eleven Swedish caregivers. Findings: Caregivers experienced their situation as something to be endured. In particular, they felt a need for belonging, a need for controlling everyday life, and a need for support. Conclusion: Home care nurses, health centres and home support workers should be aware of and respect caregivers’ needs in terms of support.

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2013. Vol. 33, no 4, p. 28-32
Keywords [en]
Caregiver, Experience, Home care, Next of kin, Nurse, Ordinary living, Support
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Public health science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-5836OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-5836DiVA, id: diva2:682626
Available from: 2013-12-28 Created: 2013-12-28 Last updated: 2019-04-30Bibliographically approved

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