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Title: Family Caregivers' Experiences with Stroke Survivors' Weekend Home Passes from In-patient Rehabiltation
Authors: Marsella, Amanda
Advisor: Cameron, Jill
Department: Rehabilitation Science
Keywords: Caregivers
Weekend Pass
Issue Date: 15-Feb-2010
Abstract: This qualitative study investigated the experiences of family caregivers who cared for a stroke survivor throughout weekend passes from an in-patient rehabilitation facility. Following a Husserlian phenomenological perspective, I interviewed 15 family caregivers of stroke survivors on two separate occasions: within one week after their first scheduled weekend pass, and again two weeks after their final transition home. Interviews followed a semi-structured interview guide, and were audio recorded. Interviews were transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using the principles outlined by Giorgi (1997). Analysis of the caregivers’ descriptions of their experiences led to five themes: (i) Caregivers feel overwhelmed throughout the weekend pass, (ii) Access to supportive resources influences caregiving experiences, (iii) Caregivers adjust to the weekend pass throughout its subsequent use, (iv) Caregivers feel a responsibility and a need to be included by health professionals in the care of their family stroke survivor, and (v) Caregivers describe the weekend pass as a means towards recovery. This study has implications for future health services. By appropriately training and supporting caregivers throughout the weekend pass health care professionals can increase the positive experiences of caregivers, and optimize the opportunity to prepare caregivers and stroke survivors for the eventual transition home.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18897
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