Singaporean caregivers' experiences of placing a relative into long term care

Ramanathan, Rajini, and Fisher, Paul (2016) Singaporean caregivers' experiences of placing a relative into long term care. Clinical Gerontologist, 39 (3). pp. 167-189.

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Abstract

Objective: Caregivers experience many difficulties and challenges with the process of providing care particularly at times of transition, such as when the care recipient moves into a nursing home. This qualitative study aims to understand caregiver experiences of this important process.

Methods: Twelve interviews were conducted with caregivers with an older relative in a nursing home in Singapore. The resulting data was analysed through thematic analysis.

Results: Five themes were identified: Filial and cultural expectations shape caregivers' experience of pre-placement decisions and post-placement; View of the placement decision; Continued impact of caring; Engagement with the institution and Maintaining the relationship.

Conclusions: Caregivers were found to place significant emphasis on cultural values, specifically on filial piety. This impacted their caregiving role prior to placement, when making the decision to place their relative into a nursing home and in their continued involvement after placement. Despite the changing role, the placement experience was fraught with persisting difficulties involving maintaining the relationship with the resident and developing a new relationship with the nursing home.

Item ID: 44038
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1545-2301
Keywords: long term care, transition, filial piety, older adult, caregiver, culture
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 07:33
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 80%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200202 Asian Cultural Studies @ 20%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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