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The needs of family caregivers of frail elders during the transition from hospital to home: a Taiwanese sample

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Yea-Ing Lotus Shyu Graduate Institute of Nursing, Chang Gung University, 259 Wen-Hua 1st Road, Kwei-Shan, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan, Republic of China. E-mail: yeaing@mail.cgu.edu_tw

Abstract

The needs of family caregivers of frail elders during the transition from hospital to home: a Taiwanese sample

This study explored the needs of family caregivers during the transition from hospital to home. Data from 37 face-to-face interviews with 16 caregivers before discharge and at 2 weeks and 1 month after discharge were subjected to constant comparative analysis. Findings revealed changes in family caregivers’ needs during the discharge transition. While preparing to take caregiving responsibility, caregivers reported a need for various types of information. After the discharge, but before home caregiving settled into a pattern, they needed help with caregiving practices. After reaching a pattern for providing family care, caregivers frequently reported needs for continuous emotional support. These findings provide a basis for transitional care services such as discharge planning and home health care services.

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