ERIC Number: ED258108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Burden Experienced by Informal Providers of Home Care for the Elderly.
Caro, Francis G.; Blank, Arthur E.
Research has found that approximately 80 percent of the care received by elderly people living at home is provided by family members. Although assistance provided by informal supports can be important in sustaining the functionally disabled elderly at home, caregiving can have important negative effects on the informal providers. To examine the relationship between informal caregiving and burden in a service-rich environment, the experiences of 1,068 functionally disabled older persons in New York City were studied for one year. Information was obtained on their living arrangements, on the nature and extent of their functional disabilities, and on the sources and extent of help they received. Data were collected from 422 informal caregivers on both caregiving effort and burden. Three aspects of burden were measured: employment, finances, and restrictions on personal life. Results showed major differences between caregivers living with the disabled older person and those living elswhere, both in intensity of reported help and burden. Caregivers living apart from the disabled older person offered about the same amount of help as those living with the disabled person. Increased help was associated with burden only for caregivers living with the impaired person. These results suggest a need for stronger service supports for informal caregivers living with those whom they help. (KGB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Care Financing Administration (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Community Service Society of New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)