Family Caregiving On Elderly People Living With Family Caregivers

1760 Words Dec 12th, 2016 8 Pages
While the elderly population increases, nursing professionals and family members are increasingly associated with influential decisions and that of placing a relative in a nursing care home or living with a family caregiver. Current literature primarily focuses attention on the negative effects of family caregiving on elderly persons. Nonetheless few direct attention to their positive impact. As a result, this paper will explore the issue of nursing home care and benefits for elderly people living with family caregivers. Family or informal caregivers pertain to “any unpaid relative, partner or friend providing a assistance with activities of daily living for an elderly person with a chronic or disabling condition” (Family Caregiving Alliance, 2014). Certainly, this paper will emphasize elderly people living with family caregivers are less inclined to develop physical and psychological health deteriorations, specifically chronic illnesses and depression in contrast with nursing home care. Further, the literature indicates informal caregivers promotes autonomy and enhances elderly peoples’ quality of life (Cho, Lee, Kim and Strumpf, 2011). Accordingly, nursing professionals assume a precarious role with respect to informal care. First, it is essential nurses use the phenomenological model in practice to educate and assists families in decisions between nursing home care versus living with a family caregiver. Second, ensuring physical and psychological healthcare needs is…

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