Understanding the next of kin’s experience of their life situation in informal care giving of older persons
2014 (Swedish)In: Clinical Nursing Studies, ISSN 2324-7959, Vol. 2, no 1, 53-63 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The experience of their life situation of next of kin in informal caregiving needs to be followed as they may need support to maintain their own health and cope with continuing in their caregiving role. Many of these individuals, often the older person’s spouse, are elderly themselves. The aim of this study was to increase the understanding of the next of kin’s experience of their life situation in connection with their informal caregiving of older persons. The study had a qualitative approach, with an inductive explorative design. Informal conversational interviews were conducted. Twelve next of kin were interviewed, nine of them twice. In all, 21 interviews were performed, and subsequently subjected to latent content analysis. The theme that emerged from the data was “A balance or imbalance in next of kin’s daily life.” The three subthemes were: (1) Balance and imbalance in the relationship with the older person, other family members, and friends; (2) Balance and imbalance in the relationship with the staff from municipal care; and (3) Balance and imbalance in demands, affecting the caregiver’s own health. Communication with mutual respect was described as a tool for creating good relations. The results of this study highlight the strained life experiences of next of kin while caring for older persons. There is a need to give more attention to the next of kin’s life situation and to find the means to support them. To reduce worry and stress, health care staff need to understand the next of kin’s experience of their life situation, and good relations need to be created among all involved in the care.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 2, no 1, 53-63 p.
next of kin, informal caregiver, life situation, older person, municipal care
Research subject Caring sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34191DOI: 10.5430/cns.v2n1p53OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-34191DiVA: diva2:704334