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Vol 10, No 2 (2008)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2008-11-14
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Problems of stroke patients caregivers

Justyna Maria Morawska, Aleksandra Gutysz-Wojnicka
Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2008;10(2):83-90.

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Vol 10, No 2 (2008)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2008-11-14

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Introduction. When the hospitalization after cerebral stroke is over the 68.5% of patients return home, where they are looked after by a spouse, a child, less frequently a stranger or members of a more remote family. In Poland, the family is a basic unit, which gives care and support to the ill, old, decrepit. Family members provide a 24-hour assistance with self service activities, household duties, taking care of official matters or moving around. Most frequently, it is single people living on their own who take advantage of these free, formal assistance service. The aim of this paper was to specify the problems that caregivers of patients after cerebral stroke might have as well as to specify the tasks of a nurse in solving these problems.
Material and methods. This thesis uses a survey technique, the research tool being a survey questionnaire was created for the purpose of the paper, and contains questions about particular spheres of the caregivers’ lives. In the research 30 caregivers from Olsztyn region have participated.
Result and conclusions. The results of the research show that the caregivers’ problems are of physical, emotional and social nature. Almost half of the carers (47%) think that they became more illness-prone after they began their work, and the majority (73%) declares the necessity to change their lifestyles. More than half of the respondents (66%) are satisfied with their work as caregivers, some (20%) feel anger towards their patients, and 43% of respondents think that the patients act out of spite. Only a few respondents had to resign (17%) or limit (13%) their work activities. Quite a lot (67%) feel that their lives have deteriorated. Some respondents (33.3%) think that they get sufficient support from their families and friends, and 20% of the subjects feel that the institutional support is sufficient. In order of frequency of occurrence, the demand for the following forms of help was diagnosed: financial help, substitution in care taking, assistance in care taking and nursing activities, medical help, and others. In result of the physical, emotional and social problems as well as lack of help, more than half of the respondents confirm that they take sleeping pills, sedatives and antidepressants.

Abstract

Introduction. When the hospitalization after cerebral stroke is over the 68.5% of patients return home, where they are looked after by a spouse, a child, less frequently a stranger or members of a more remote family. In Poland, the family is a basic unit, which gives care and support to the ill, old, decrepit. Family members provide a 24-hour assistance with self service activities, household duties, taking care of official matters or moving around. Most frequently, it is single people living on their own who take advantage of these free, formal assistance service. The aim of this paper was to specify the problems that caregivers of patients after cerebral stroke might have as well as to specify the tasks of a nurse in solving these problems.
Material and methods. This thesis uses a survey technique, the research tool being a survey questionnaire was created for the purpose of the paper, and contains questions about particular spheres of the caregivers’ lives. In the research 30 caregivers from Olsztyn region have participated.
Result and conclusions. The results of the research show that the caregivers’ problems are of physical, emotional and social nature. Almost half of the carers (47%) think that they became more illness-prone after they began their work, and the majority (73%) declares the necessity to change their lifestyles. More than half of the respondents (66%) are satisfied with their work as caregivers, some (20%) feel anger towards their patients, and 43% of respondents think that the patients act out of spite. Only a few respondents had to resign (17%) or limit (13%) their work activities. Quite a lot (67%) feel that their lives have deteriorated. Some respondents (33.3%) think that they get sufficient support from their families and friends, and 20% of the subjects feel that the institutional support is sufficient. In order of frequency of occurrence, the demand for the following forms of help was diagnosed: financial help, substitution in care taking, assistance in care taking and nursing activities, medical help, and others. In result of the physical, emotional and social problems as well as lack of help, more than half of the respondents confirm that they take sleeping pills, sedatives and antidepressants.
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Keywords

cerebral stroke; nonprofessional caregiver; home care; life experiences

About this article
Title

Problems of stroke patients caregivers

Journal

Interdisciplinary Problems of Stroke

Issue

Vol 10, No 2 (2008)

Pages

83-90

Published online

2008-11-14

Bibliographic record

Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2008;10(2):83-90.

Keywords

cerebral stroke
nonprofessional caregiver
home care
life experiences

Authors

Justyna Maria Morawska
Aleksandra Gutysz-Wojnicka

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