A thematic analysis of Chinese people with dementia and family caregivers’ experiences of home care in China

Xiubin Zhang, Charlotte Clarke, Sarah Rhynas

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Abstract

Ageing in place is a key principle of older care services in many countries, especially in China where the social convention, cultural expectation and legal obligation emphasise that looking after parents is the children’s responsibility. As a result, the majority of older, frail Chinese have been cared for at home by their families. Previous studies have argued that being cared for at home contributes positively to the well-being and quality of life of older people and to economic cost. However, due to the sociocultural, economic and demographic changes in China, older people and their family caregivers are facing many challenges as they ‘age in place’ at home.This study aims to explore the meaning of family supported home care in China from the perspectives of people with dementia and family caregivers. The study is based on qualitative data collected from 24 people with dementia and family caregivers recruited from one mental health centre in Shandong province, China. Three main themes and nine subthemes were found: home care may create a sense of social isolation; home care is a burden; home care versus institutional care. The study suggests that while home care may bring social and psychological benefits, it also can be a barrier to building social connection,receiving social support, and other related services in China.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDementia
Early online date29 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • dementia
  • family caregivers
  • home care
  • ageing in place
  • China

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