Overleg tussen mantelzorgers en formele hulpverleners van thuiswonende ouderen

M.T. Jacobs, M.I. Broese Van Groenou, D.J.H. Deeg

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Discussion between informal and formal caregivers of community-dwelling older adults: Current Dutch policy on long-term care is aimed at a stronger connection between formal home care and informal care. We examined if formal and informal caregivers of community-dwelling older adults discuss the care and whether this is related to characteristics of the older adult, the care network and the individual caregivers. Data are derived from 63 community-dwelling older adults, including their health, their perceived control of the care and their care network. In addition, 79 informal and 90 formal caregivers are interviewed on their motives and vision on caregiving. The 112 dyads between those formal and informal caregivers are the units of analysis in the current study. Bivariate analyses reveal that informal caregivers are more likely to discuss the care with formal caregivers when they are residing with the older adult, when they provide a lot of care and/or when they are strongly motivated to keep the older adult at home. This is particularly the case when the care demands are high. Characteristics of the formal caregivers were not important. In conclusion, discussion of care between non-resident informal caregivers and formal caregivers is not self-evident and requires more effort to be established. © 2014 Bohn, Stafleu van Loghum.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)69-81
Number of pages13
JournalTijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
Issue number2
Early online date11 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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