Caregiving for Persons Living With Dementia During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives of Family Care Partners

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Abstract

Persons living with dementia (PLWD) are at increased risk for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and poorer outcomes if they contract the disease. COVID-19 may also change and exacerbate usual stresses of family caregiving. The current qualitative descriptive study examined 14 family care partners’ (FCPs) experiences and perspectives on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted them, their care recipients, and their caregiving for their care recipients. Thematic analysis of interviews generated five themes: Cautious of COVID-19 Exposure, Challenges of Balancing COVID-19 Restrictions With Caregiving, Shared Loneliness, Functional Decline, and Communication Challenges With PLWD and Health Care Professionals (HCPs). FCPs are integral to the care of PLWD across care settings. The time is now to plan for changes in policy that will safely maintain FCPs’ visitation with their care recipients with dementia and allow for partnering with HCPs to avoid the long-lasting negative effects on older adults’ health and function. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 49(3), 27-33.]

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing
  • Gerontology

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