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Migrant Caregivers of Older People in Spain: Qualitative Insights into Relatives’ Experiences

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Department of Nursing, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Juan de Quesada, 30, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
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Health Research Centre, Department of Nursing, Physiotherapy and Medicine, University of Almería, Carretera del Sacramento s/n, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Department of Psychology, University of Almería, Carretera del Sacramento s/n, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Department of Language and Education, University of Antonio de Nebrija, 28015 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Psychology, University of Burgos, 09001 Burgos, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(8), 2953; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17082953
Received: 27 March 2020 / Revised: 17 April 2020 / Accepted: 21 April 2020 / Published: 24 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Communication and Public Health)
The traditional structure of families is undergoing profound changes, causing the so-called “crisis of family care.” This study describes the experiences and emotions of the family member who hires migrant caregivers for the older people. This is a qualitative study using a phenomenological design with nine women participants between 53 and 72 years of age. The data collection was carried out through two in-depth interviews and a focus group. There were three major topics: (1) the women in this study recognized that they were not able to take care of the family member directly, due to their responsibilities as female workers and mothers. The fact that migrant caregivers were chosen was conjunctural, where economic reasons were more important. (2) The family members supported the caregivers by teaching them about care and also resolving conflicts produced by culture shock. (3) Trusting the caregiver was a gradual process; the family members felt a complex set of emotions (insecurity, gratitude for the help, moral obligation). In conclusion, they wanted a caregiver who would provide the elder dependent with the love and compassion that they, as daughters, would provide if they had time to do so. The family became the caregiver’s managers and assumed the responsibility of training and helping them. View Full-Text
Keywords: caregiver; family; older adults; emotions; experiences; migrant caregiver; family; older adults; emotions; experiences; migrant
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Morales-Gázquez, M.J.; Medina-Artiles, E.N.; López-Liria, R.; Aguilar-Parra, J.M.; Trigueros-Ramos, R.; González-Bernal, J.J.; Rocamora-Pérez, P. Migrant Caregivers of Older People in Spain: Qualitative Insights into Relatives’ Experiences. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2953. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17082953

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Morales-Gázquez MJ, Medina-Artiles EN, López-Liria R, Aguilar-Parra JM, Trigueros-Ramos R, González-Bernal JJ, Rocamora-Pérez P. Migrant Caregivers of Older People in Spain: Qualitative Insights into Relatives’ Experiences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(8):2953. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17082953

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Morales-Gázquez, María J., Epifanía N. Medina-Artiles, Remedios López-Liria, José M. Aguilar-Parra, Rubén Trigueros-Ramos, Jerónimo J. González-Bernal, and Patricia Rocamora-Pérez. 2020. "Migrant Caregivers of Older People in Spain: Qualitative Insights into Relatives’ Experiences" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 8: 2953. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17082953

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