The positive experiences of family caregivers of persons with dementia in Hong Kong
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AbstractBackground:
While research on dementia caregiving has well documented the negative consequences of caregiving, there is an increasing evidence demonstrating that caregivers also found positive experiences arising from caregiving. Understanding the positive experiences from the caregivers’ perspectives can help professionals to develop effective interventions to help caregivers adapt to the caregiving role.

Objective:
To explore the positive experiences of family caregivers of persons with dementia in Hong Kong.

Method:
This was a descriptive qualitative study. Unstructured interviews were conducted with 15 Hong Kong Chinese family caregivers of persons with dementia. With the informants’ consents, all interviews were audio-taped and transcribed verbatim. Data was analysed using thematic analysis.

Result:
Four main themes were identified: (1) Gaining a sense of mastery; (2) Feeling blessed with the support; (3) Recognizing a sense of self-worth; and (4) Having a renewed philosophy of life. Caregivers were motivated to continue their caregiving role after they had found positive experiences from their caregiving journey. In addition, they also developed a more positive attitude in facing the situation and were optimistic about the future.

Conclusion:
Finding positive experiences can help caregivers to reframe the caregiving situation and develop a more positive attitude. Our findings have highlighted the sources of positive experiences of Hong Kong Chinese family caregivers of persons with dementia, which may provide insights for professionals in designing interventions and services for these caregivers.
All Author(s) ListPANG Cho Kwan Rebecca, LEE Tze Fan Diana
Name of ConferenceHong Kong College of Gerontology Nursing Scientific Meeting CUM AGM 2017
Start Date of Conference27/05/2017
End Date of Conference27/05/2017
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
Proceedings TitleHong Kong College of Gerontology Nursing 20th Anniversary Commemorative Report
Year2017
Month5
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Pages24 - 24
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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