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The Informal Caregiver of an Old Family Member (Published)

The objective of this research was to analyze the risk and protective factors present in the informal caregiver of an old relative, in two families of the Municipality of Hecelchakán, of the State of Campeche. The method used was carried out using a qualitative approach of an exploratory nature. The sample consisted of 2 families (main caregiver) of the municipality of Hecelchakán. An interview was applied where the following items were considered: family, economic, social, health and emotional. The results obtained from this project indicate that among the risk factors is the family area, with little or no support in the care of the elderly, likewise the health factor of the people involved undoubtedly affects their well-being. The protective role is given by the society in which they are immersed and the love they feel for who is in their care. As conclusions we can say that the primary caregiver should have help and try to distribute the work more equitably, the secondary caregiver should also be involved in the care of the old relative. The main recommendations are to activate care programs for informal caregivers and to carry out more research about the informal caregiver

Keywords: Caregiver, Elderly, Informal Caregiver, Protective Factors, Risk Factors

Burden Experienced By Family Caregivers of Patients with Mental Disorders at Selected Hospitals in Ekiti State, Nigeria. (Published)

Introduction: The shift towards community care for patients with mental disorders has resulted in transferring of the day –to-day care of patients to their family members resulting in psychosocial burdens hence; this result was to assess the burden of family care-givers of patients with mental disorders in Ekiti State.Methodology: The study employed descriptive design using 138 respondents as sample size using Leshie Kish formula. Apart from the demographic information designed by the researchers, three (3) standardized instruments were used to collect information from the respondents. General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and Zarit Burden Inventory (ZBI) were used to collect information from the family caregivers. Two research questions were answered and only one hypothesis was tested using statistical product and service solution (spss) version 21. Results: The result revealed 37.0% of the respondents’ experienced mild burden while 31.1% experienced moderate burden. High burden was associated with the amount of time spent caring for the relative, finance and trying to meet other responsibilities. Conclusion: It was concluded that majority of family care-givers experienced a considerable amount of burden and therefore a coping mechanism should be made available by nurses. 

Keywords: Caregiver, Family caregiver, Mentally Ill and Psychiatric unit