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“You have to sometimes be like a bulldog”: Filial Caregiver Experiences Supporting their Parents during the Transition from Hospital to Home in Ontario

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Title: “You have to sometimes be like a bulldog”: Filial Caregiver Experiences Supporting their Parents during the Transition from Hospital to Home in Ontario
Author: Stroud, Karla
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: O'Doherty, Kieran
Abstract: During older age, many people experience hospitalization, and during the transition from home, family members are often depended upon to provide support. Often these family members are filial caregivers, yet limited research has examined their experiences caring for their parent during this period. Eighteen filial caregivers from Southern Ontario were interviewed about their experiences caring for their parent during their parent’s transition from hospital to home, and a thematic analysis was conducted. The analysis contextualized caregivers’ experiences by examining how caregivers described the healthcare system, and the concerns they had about their parent’s care. The analysis also examined the activities that caregivers performed to support their parent during the transition from hospital to home, and the challenges they encountered in doing so. Specifically, the analysis suggests that caregivers did not always have the capacity to support their parent because they did not have access to necessary information or resources, and in some cases, may not have had the authority to intervene in their parent’s care. In such instances, their parent’s well-being could be compromised. However, caregivers actively worked to overcome these barriers, and advocated to gain access to resources and information that would improve or maintain their parent’s well-being. Findings suggest that increased attention to the role of caregivers is needed, and examining what they can reasonably be expected to do given the structural conditions under which they provide support.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12932
Date: 2018-04
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
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