Relationships between Mutuality, Preparedness, and Predictability to Care, and Caregiver Role Strain from Caregiving Activities for Older People with Dementia
Keywords:mutuality, preparedness, predictability to care, family caregivers, caregiver role strain for caregiving activities
Objective: To examine the relationships between mutuality, preparedness, and predictability to care, and the caregiver role strain from the caregiving activities for the older people with dementia.
Design: Descriptive correlation research
Methodology: Purposive sampling was used, 83 primary caregivers of older people diagnosed with Alzheimer-induced dementia and treated at Ramathibodi Hospital were recruited for this study. Data were collected during May to September 2019, using a demographic form, a mutuality scale, a preparedness scale, a predictability scale, and a caregiver role strain from caregiving activities scale. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics and Spearman’s correlation coefficients.
Results: The caregivers’ preparedness was identified to be in a moderate negative relationship with caregiver role strain for caregiving activities , at a significant level of .05 (r = -.588). Also, the caregivers’ predictability to care was found in a low negative relationship with caregiver role strain for caregiving activities, at a significant level of .05 (r = -.461). On the other hand, no significant correlation was found between caregiver-care recipient mutuality and caregiver role strain for caregiving activities.
Recommendations: It is recommended that healthcare providers evaluate family caregivers’preparedness and predictability, so that intervention programmes could be planned to raise caregivers’ capacity in these two domains, which, in turn, could significantly reduce their caregiver role strain resulting from caring for older people with dementia.
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