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Caring for Older Persons: The Caregivers' Perspective

Thomas Boggatz

in Growing Old in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9789774164552
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970412 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774164552.003.0004
Caring for Older Persons: The Caregivers' Perspective

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The apparent lack of caregivers raises the question of what can be done in order to increase the workforce. An answer can be found by investigating and understanding the perspective of current caregivers. This chapter discusses two recently conducted qualitative studies for such investigations. It turns to the concrete experiences of these caregivers and explores how they respond to the challenge of caring for older persons. At the same time it illuminates the difficulties of recruiting people for this job. The availability of care facilities and caregivers, however, does not allow conclusions about the attitudes of older persons who seek care. To understand the demand, one has to consider the factors that motivate older persons' decisions about receiving different types of care.

Keywords: caregivers; workforce; qualitative studies; care facilities; older persons

Chapter.  4997 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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