Caregiving-related needs of family caregivers of older Singaporeans.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To describe the extent and correlates of caregiving-related needs among family caregivers of Singaporeans aged 75+ with ≥1 activity of daily living limitations (care-recipients). METHODS: National survey data of 1181 care-recipient/caregiver dyads were used. Caregiver's report (yes/no) of 16 needs was assessed. Care-recipient and caregiver correlates of each need were determined through logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: Caregiving-related needs were expressed by 42.3% caregivers. The most commonly reported need was keeping care-recipient safe at home (24.5%). Needs concerned with caring for care-recipients were more frequent than those concerned with the caregiver's own needs. The most frequent correlate was care-recipient's extent of mood impairment (associated with 13 needs). CONCLUSION: Caregivers should not neglect themselves when engaging in care provision. Families and service providers should explore whether reported lack of needs reflects limited awareness and/or under-reporting.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ajay, S; Østbye, T; Malhotra, R

Published Date

  • March 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 1

Start / End Page

  • E8 - E13

PubMed ID

  • 28191735

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-6612

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/ajag.12370


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Australia