Anhörigas upplevelser av att vårda en familjemedlem som insjuknat i demens : en analys av självbiografier

by Bengtsson, Margareta; Gosende, Martina

Abstract (Summary)
Being the relative of a person with dementia is a life changing experience. The relatives often find themselves in a complex situation, which requires that the nurse, can identify needs among the relatives. It‘s also important that the nurse has a broad knowledge about the role of the relative as a caregiver, to be able to give support to them in this situation. The purpose of this study was to describe the relative’s experiences of taking care of a familymember with dementia in the home. Six autobiographies were studied to emerge in the experiences of the family caregivers. Burnards (1991) content analysis and Graneheims & Lundmans (2004) qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the data and the result reveals 3 main categories and 10 categories. The main categories were: Suffering, desperation and isolation. The situation of the caregiving relatives involves experiences of mental distress as well as having to cope with several difficulties. Their new role as a family caregiver is characterized by feelings of isolation which increases as the sickness proceeds.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Skövde

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:dementia alzheimer’s relatives experience


Date of Publication:05/12/2008

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