Current Status and Correlations between the Informal Support Provided to Caregivers Who Are Caring for Their Aging Spouse and the Mental Health of Such Caregivers Kazuko Takahashi 1 , Atsuko Kobayashi 2 1Miyagi University School of Nursing 2Department of Nursing, Yamagata University School of Medicine Keyword: 高齢者 , 在宅療養 , 介護者 , ソーシャルサポート , 精神的健康 , elderly , home care , caregiver , social support , mental health pp.5-13
Published Date 2003/11/1
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 The purpose of the study was to understand and identify correlations between the current status of informal support provided to caregivers using a home visit nursing care service for their elderly spouse and the mental health of such caregivers, and then to use this information to improve the provision of informal support for care of the elderly in families consisting of an elderly couple living alone. With the collaboration of the home visit nursing care facilities, researchers visited the homes of consenting caregivers and interviewed subjects using a questionnaire. The analysis consisted of calculating the correlation coefficient for each variable and then using this data to perform a multiple regression analysis.

 The study results indicated that:

 1. Informal support provided by "family members"(including the caregiver's children and their families)and its amount were seen as more satisfactory than that provided by "relatives"(including the caregiver's siblings and their families), friends, and acquaintances.

 2. There was no correlation between the amount of informal support actually provided and mental health of the caregiver.

 3. There was a significant correlation between the degree of satisfaction with the informal support provided by the family and mental health.

 It was concluded that, for caregivers who use home visit nursing care services when caring for their elderly spouses, the degree of satisfaction with the informal support provided by the family was correlated with mental health. On the basis of these findings, the authors suggest that an environmental adjustment to obtain effective informal support from the family would be important.

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