caregivers, chronically- ill, community, family support, caregiving
''5. Međunarodni kongres HDMSARIST-a'' i ''8. Međunarodni kongres WfCCN-a''
Šibenik, 12.-15. travnja 2012. godine
This qualitative case series aimed to determine the preparedness of caregivers with chronically-ill patients in the community of Tacloban City, Leyte. There were 3 caregivers, aliased Buttercup, Bubbles and Blossom. Buttercup is a 50-year old housewife to a 64-year old post below knee amputation (BKA) patient. Buttercup’s husband is a retired government employee. Bubbles is a 34-year old housewife taking care of her 75 year old father diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Aside from taking care of her father, husband and children, Bubbles runs a small store just outside their house. Blossom, on the other hand, is an 18 year old nursing student. She takes care of a grandfather who just had his second stroke attack. Blossom’s grandfather is a retired barangay captain.
The qualitative data showed that the caregivers address the physical and emotional needs of their ailing family member. They also prepare for any complications and emergencies that are brought about by the condition of their patient. Enabling and disabling factors contributing to the caregiving preparedness were determined. Knowledge and anticipation and family support were enabling factors; while caregiver role strain, other responsibilities and economic changes were identified as disabling factors.
Caregivers are prepared when it comes to the physical needs of their patients. They are somewhat prepared for the emotional challenges that come with caregiving, and a little prepared when it comes to emergencies. Caregivers were enabled and disabled by a variety of factors.