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“Being Free Like a Bird”―The Meaning of Being an Informal Caregiver for Persons with Dementia Who Are Receiving Day Care Services
Centre for Care Research, Mid-Norway, Steinkjer, Norway; Faculty of Health Sciences, Nord-Trøndelag University College, Namsos, Norway; Department of Nursing Science, Mid-Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden.
Centre for Care Research, Mid-Norway, Steinkjer, Norway; Faculty of Health Sciences, Nord-Trøndelag University College, Namsos, Norway.
Department of Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
Department of Nursing Science, Mid-Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, Vol. 5, no 2, 109-119 p., 53858Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Respite care in the form of day care is one of the several respite services that aims to provide temporary relief to informal caregivers from their responsibilities of caring for a person with dementia. The purpose of this study was to illuminate the meaning of being an informal caregiver for a person with dementia living at home and receiving day care services. Narrative interviews were conducted, and data were analyzed using the phenomenological hermeneutic method. Two main themes emerged: “Living with limitations in everyday life” and “Having a life besides being a caregiver”. The comprehensive understanding suggested living with a person with dementia, changes and influences the informal caregiver’s life through a set of new roles and a new way of living and thinking. The result is discussed in light of Goffman’s analysis of the structures of social encounters from the perspective of the dramatic performance.

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2015. Vol. 5, no 2, 109-119 p., 53858
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Dementia, Informal Caregivers, Day Care Services, Phenomenological Hermeneutic, Goffman
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-25053DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2015.52013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-25053DiVA: diva2:1134743
Available from: 2017-08-21 Created: 2017-08-21 Last updated: 2017-08-21Bibliographically approved

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