Giving voice to informal caregivers of older adults

Pamela G. Hawranik, Laurel A. Strain

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This study focused on the experiences of informal caregivers of older adults and explored whether employment, use of home-care services, or other factors influence the health of caregivers and their ability to manage their caregiving and other responsibilities. Focus groups conducted with 26 caregivers and personal interviews with 4 caregivers identified 12 themes under 5 conceptual areas: caregiver health, relationships, independence, employment, and use of home-care services. The findings reveal that caregiving coupled with other responsibilities can have serious health effects. Participants spoke of the tenuous balance of decision-making control between caregiver and care recipient. Many caregivers expressed a desire to be included as part of the formal health-care team. Implications for nursing are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-172
Number of pages17
JournalCanadian Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar. 2007


  • Caregiver health
  • Caregiving
  • Community service use
  • Home care
  • Informal caregivers
  • Older adults


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