Experiences of Formal and Informal Caregivers of Older Persons in Singapore

Experiences of Formal and Informal Caregivers of Older Persons in Singapore The well-being of informal caregivers in the familial context is increasingly recognized as a critical area of concern affecting the care of older family members. This paper focuses on the dynamics of family caregiving for older members from the work-life perspective, contextualised in the highly developed and rapidly ageing society that is Singapore. Drawing from qualitative research on 30 adult family caregivers and 15 live-in foreign domestic workers (FDWs), the main themes identified from the qualitative interviews were: 1) Stresses and dilemmas faced by family caregivers; 2) Filial responsibility in the caring for one’s parents; 3) Coping with work and caregiving - FDWs in family caregiving; 4) Coping with extra help - hiring of FDWs and challenges. This study highlights the complexities when paid and unpaid family care is juxtaposed in the family household. The findings point to the need for improvement in policies, training and support for caregivers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology Springer Journals

Experiences of Formal and Informal Caregivers of Older Persons in Singapore

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Social Sciences; Aging; Anthropology; Philosophy of Medicine; Geriatrics/Gerontology; Theory of Medicine/Bioethics
ISSN
0169-3816
eISSN
1573-0719
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10823-017-9329-1
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Abstract

The well-being of informal caregivers in the familial context is increasingly recognized as a critical area of concern affecting the care of older family members. This paper focuses on the dynamics of family caregiving for older members from the work-life perspective, contextualised in the highly developed and rapidly ageing society that is Singapore. Drawing from qualitative research on 30 adult family caregivers and 15 live-in foreign domestic workers (FDWs), the main themes identified from the qualitative interviews were: 1) Stresses and dilemmas faced by family caregivers; 2) Filial responsibility in the caring for one’s parents; 3) Coping with work and caregiving - FDWs in family caregiving; 4) Coping with extra help - hiring of FDWs and challenges. This study highlights the complexities when paid and unpaid family care is juxtaposed in the family household. The findings point to the need for improvement in policies, training and support for caregivers.

Journal

Journal of Cross-Cultural GerontologySpringer Journals

Published: Jul 18, 2017

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