Emotional and physical demands on caregivers in home care to the elderly in Switzerland and their relationship to nursing home admission

Annemarie Kesselring, Tamar Krulik, Manuel Bichsel, Christoph Minder, John C. Beck & Andreas E. Stuck
Background: Planning the home care of growing numbers of old, dependent people must include the caregivers' burden. Methods: A convenience sample of 129 caregivers of elderly patients with multiple diagnoses was interviewed about the caregiving context, burden, caregivers' tolerance of patients' troublesome behaviours and physical symptoms, mutuality and feelings of closeness between caregiver and patient. Continued maintenance of home care was assessed by a follow-up telephone call. Results: Caregivers were mainly spouses (67%) and female...
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