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It’s Like Juggling, Constantly Trying to Keep All Balls in the Air”: A Qualitative Study of the Support Needs of Working Caregivers Taking Care of Older Adults

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Center for Nutrition, Prevention and Health Services, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, 3721 MA Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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Research Group Living Well with Dementia, Department of Health and Wellbeing, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Campus 2, P.O. Box 10090, 8000 GB Zwolle, The Netherlands
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Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 5701; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115701
Received: 13 April 2021 / Revised: 18 May 2021 / Accepted: 24 May 2021 / Published: 26 May 2021
Many informal caregivers of older adults combine their caregiving tasks with a paid job. Adequate support is important to enable them to combine paid work with caregiving, while maintaining their health and wellbeing. To date, however, knowledge about working caregivers’ support needs is fragmented. This study, therefore, aimed to obtain more insight into the support needs of working caregivers of older adults. We conducted six online semi-structured focus group interviews with in total 25 working caregivers of older adults living at home. Data were complemented with information from seven working caregivers participating in the study’s advisory board. Data were analyzed using inductive and deductive thematic analysis. Six themes related to working caregivers’ needs were identified: (1) Recognition of caregivers, including the challenges they face; (2) Attention for caregivers’ health, wellbeing and ability to cope; (3) Opportunities to share care responsibilities; (4) Help with finding and arranging care and support; (5) Understanding and support from the work environment; (6) Technological support tailored to the needs and capacities of caregivers and older adults. To address these needs, working caregivers suggested several options in multiple domains of life (i.e., work, home and social life, care environment, personal health and wellbeing). To successfully support them, a multi-faceted effort, involving actors from multiple settings, is needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: informal care; family care; working caregivers; older adults; elderly; support; needs; preferences; qualitative research; focus groups informal care; family care; working caregivers; older adults; elderly; support; needs; preferences; qualitative research; focus groups
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Vos, E.E.; de Bruin, S.R.; van der Beek, A.J.; Proper, K.I. “It’s Like Juggling, Constantly Trying to Keep All Balls in the Air”: A Qualitative Study of the Support Needs of Working Caregivers Taking Care of Older Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5701. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115701

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Vos EE, de Bruin SR, van der Beek AJ, Proper KI. “It’s Like Juggling, Constantly Trying to Keep All Balls in the Air”: A Qualitative Study of the Support Needs of Working Caregivers Taking Care of Older Adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):5701. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115701

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Vos, Eline E., Simone R. de Bruin, Allard J. van der Beek, and Karin I. Proper 2021. "“It’s Like Juggling, Constantly Trying to Keep All Balls in the Air”: A Qualitative Study of the Support Needs of Working Caregivers Taking Care of Older Adults" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 5701. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115701

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