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Rahimi F, Shakibazadeh E, Ashoorkhani M, Foroughan M. Perspectives of Iranian Family Carers about Facilitators and Educational Needs in Homecare for Older Adults: A Qualitative Study. Salmand: Iranian Journal of Ageing 2024; 19 (2)
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1- Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2- Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , shakibazadeh@sina.tums.ac.ir
3- Iranian Research Center on Aging, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
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Objectives: The aging of populations accompanies a surge in older adults’ demand for long-term care, which is mainly provided by family carers. Providing quality care while maintaining the health of carers requires an understanding of facilitators and training needs that are under-appreciated. Therefore, this study investigated homecare facilitators of older adults from the perspectives of family carers.
Methods and materials: This study was a qualitative conventional content analysis. To collect data, we conducted semi-structured telephone interviews. Seventeen family carers who were 18 years or older, had at least one month of caregiving experience, at least six hours per week were selected for interviews as a purposive and snowball sampling from January 2021 to April 2021. Sampling continued until data saturation. After rewriting the recorded interviews, the data were entered into the qualitative analysis software (MAXQDA 2018), coded and analyzed.
Results: Personal, interpersonal, and supportive environment factors were identified as the three main categories of facilitators. Carer’s skills in providing care, perceived mental benefits, and positive perspectives considerably facilitate responsibility. Benefiting from emotional support of family members, cooperation in performing caregiving tasks, and organizational support can help provide care easily. The highesteducational priority was assigned to caring activities such as preparing nutritious meals based on needs and swallowing ability, positioning in the movement of disabled older adults.
Conclusions: Carers need to access cost-effective caregiving and housekeeping services according to their educational needs, such as caregiving skills, which call for the planned support of service-providing organizations.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: nursing
Received: 2023/05/16 | Accepted: 2023/08/13 | Published: 2024/06/21

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