The Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Having a partner is a strong factor in adaptation to the new life situation with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Still, more knowledge in detail about the partner's influences according to the experiences of individuals with SCI could contribute to the understanding of the situation after an injury. The aim of this phenomenological-hermeneutic article is to achieve a deeper understanding of nine individuals' experiences the first 2 years after SCI.
Against the current climate of hospital closure programmes and community care, attitudes to caregiving were examined in three groups of carers, namely mothers caring for a mentally handicapped child, mothers caring for a mentally handicapped adult and daughters caring for a parent with dementia. An 'attitude questionnaire' was developed by the author and administered, postally, to the three groups. Daughters were found to be more likely than the mothers to see their caring role in a negative way and were more inclined to favour institutional care.
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. Supplement
Looking back over the span of years surveyed, it appears that a sad experience, even many years ago, commonly leaves residual pain. This can be modified by sympathetic support enabling parents and baby to interact, although such interaction is not without painful as well as pleasurable effects. Coming to terms with loss may take longer than was previously thought. This study highlights the need for bereavement care, which aims to leave families with positive rather than negative feelings.
During later life, as a consequence of the deteriorating health of husbands, numerous women experience a period of spousal caregiving that can be considered a new phase in their caregiving career. This phase, which often precedes widowhood, is one that has been relatively neglected by researchers. In this article, the concepts of objective and subjective career (Hughes, 1971) are used as orienting concepts to examine the phenomenon of spousal caregiving in later life. Objectively, the caregiving career is seen as an age-related, gender-specific, and role-contingent phenomenon.
Richmond (1990, P.65) writes "spinal cord injury occurs not just to the individual but to the entire family. There exists during crisis the potential for growth for individual family members and the entire family system". This article is written from both personal experience and professional interest because little appears to be written in the nursing literature about the family adjustment following discharge from hospital of a person who has a permanent disability following damage to the spinal cord.
AIM: The aim of this study was to examine the emotional and physical health and experiences of daughter-in-law (DIL) caregivers compared with daughter caregivers who care for cognitively and/or functionally impaired older people in Korea. BACKGROUND: In Korea, DILs are the predominant caregivers of impaired older people, but little is known about DIL caregivers. A study which explores the emotional and physical health outcomes of DIL caregivers who care for impaired parents-in-law in the sociocultural context of Korea is necessary.
BACKGROUND: The role of informal spousal caregivers has increased as the population ages, levels of disability in society increase, and governments seek to restrain expenditure on the provision of institutional health care. Care giving has attracted a vast body of research, largely directed at caregiver burden. Incontinence, however, has been relatively unexplored, despite being a common problem faced by caregivers, and being recognised as a major caregiver burden and predictor of institutional placement.
The purpose of this descriptive, cross-sectional, qualitative study was to describe the spiritual needs experienced in living with cancer from the perspective of patients with cancer and family caregivers. The sample included 28 African American and Euro-American patients with cancer and family caregivers receiving care from inpatient and outpatient units at two metropolitan hospitals in the southwestern United States. In-depth, tape-recorded, semistructured interviews were analyzed using the process of data reduction, data display, and verification.
In this study, 24 family caregivers of terminally ill patients participated in in-depth interviews regarding their experiences of giving care. The data were analyzed using grounded theory qualitative method. Commitment emerged as the precondition of the caregiving process. The caregivers did not perceive the work of caring as a burden. Rather, they felt that despite any personal hardships, what they were doing was important to their loved ones and therefore meaningful to them as caregivers.
This study focuses on sources of satisfaction among family carers for older relatives and related factors in Finland. It is part of a major international project concerned with the coping of family carers in four countries. The results reported here are based on questionnaire data collected among 290 family carers from three Finnish towns. The questionnaire included the Carer's Assessment of Satisfaction Index (CASI) developed by Nolan and Grant (1992). The data were processed using SPSS statistical software.