Title: Family members' concerns : topics adressed by family members of the elderly in a family counseling program
Authors : Mahrer Imhof, Romy
Bühlmann, R.
Hediger, Hannele
Imhof, Lorenz
Conference details: 13th International Family Nursing Conference, Pamplona, Spain, 16. Juni 2017
Issue Date: 16-Jun-2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: No review
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 610.73: Nursing
Abstract: Background: Family members often provide support and care to the elderly within their family. It has been reported that caregiving can be challenging for family members and might confront family members with concerns to be addressed with health care professionals. Therefore, within a nurse-led family-centered counseling program aiming to support family caregivers by providing therapeutic conversations according to the Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention model, we explored the concerns of family members when seeking individualized counseling sessions. Methods: Qualitative design using therapeutic conversations with family members of the elderly. Tape-recorded counseling sessions have been analyzed using content analysis methodology according to Mayring. Results: Family members seeking counselling were primarily adult children (n=30 [24 women]; 52.7%), followed by partners (n=19 [17 wives]; 33.3%) and children in law (n=4 [2 sons in law]; 7%) and others (n=4 [friends, neighbor, professional caregiver]; 7%). The main topics were the need a) to outline and include current developments into the family story, b) to address loss and strains due to disease and deterioration in health of the elderly, c) to focus on former strategies and conflicts with the elderly managing the illness consequences and d) to highlight excessive demand to own resources and its consequences to own physical and mental health. Due to counselling strategies family members could consider new coping strategies and were able to adapt their plans. Discussion: Family members primarily sought counseling to be able to outline their own situation in caregiving and to be supported in finding new meaning and strategies. According to the different topics, counseling has to focus on the main challenges family member address in counseling sessions. Individual tailoring according to the primary concern is pivotal to help family members to concentrate on their resources, find new meaning and coming up with feasible plans that strengthens the family.
Departement: Gesundheit
Organisational Unit: Institute of Nursing (IPF)
Publication type: Conference Other
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/1834
Published as part of the ZHAW project : Pflegegeleitete Beratung für Angehörige von älteren Menschen
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