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Title:The challenge that aging of caregivers poses to the quality of care giving with reference to Kanye Community Home-Based Care Programme
Author:Simon M. Kang'ethe
Year:2009
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Volume:41
Pages:76-82
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:health personnel
elderly women
health care
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Caregivers
Home care services
Community health services
Aging
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23237926
Abstract:This paper discusses the challenges that aging of caregivers pose to caregiving effectiveness, using the Kanye (Botswana) Community Home Based Care (CHBC) programme as research domain. The paper is based on focus group discussions among 82 caregivers and one to one interviews with 5 CHBC nurses. Most caregivers were elderly women of little or no education. The findings indicate that elderly caregivers have cultural and significant roles in communities. Aging of caregivers is found to negatively affect caregiving productivity (because of caregivers' relatively diminishing state of health); the pace at which the caregivers understand caregiving; the level of medical protocol and adherence; caregivers' emotionality and coping capacities; their capacity to solve conflicts between them and their clients; and their ability to fend for their clients and themselves. The paper recommends constant and on-the-job training of the older caregivers; coming up with age-sensitive HIV prevention messages and interventions targeted at older people; making available adequate care packages in health facilities; and putting in place mobilization machinery and incentives to lure younger persons to get involved in caregiving to assist the elderly. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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