An Exploration of the Knowledge of Informal Caregivers on Ageing Related Health Conditions at Matero and Chawama Old People’s Homes, Zambia
International Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy
Volume 4, Issue 1, March 2018, Pages: 1-6
Received: Dec. 4, 2017; Accepted: Dec. 19, 2017; Published: Jan. 8, 2018
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Victoria Chuni, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, The University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
Brian Chanda Chiluba, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, The University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
Moses Mwango, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, The University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
Esther Munalula-Nkandu, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, The University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
Hastings Shula, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, The University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
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Abstract
Caring for older adults requires a multidisciplinary approach and this includes a primary caregiver and a knowledge of the physiology and epidemiology of aging. The objective of this study was to explore the knowledge of caregivers on ageing-related health conditions at Matero and Chawama old peoples’ homes in Lusaka. A qualitative case study design with a sample size of 12 based on the criteria of theoretical saturation was used. The results showed caregivers’ views on ageing-related health conditions, common ageing-related health conditions seen at both nursing homes, clinic/hospital and nursing home management of these conditions. The challenges faced by caregivers were revealed and they included attitude of the elderly, inadequate equipment, lack of transport, financial challenges, work overload and participant’s characteristics like personal needs, their age and gender influencing caregivers’ work output. Caregivers knew most of the ageing-related health conditions and are knowledgeable on the nursing management of these conditions. There are various things affecting knowledge of caregivers on ageing health and management skills. Various challenges such as financial challenges, lack of transport, and inadequate equipment were also pointed out and are seen to greatly influence the work output of caregivers.
Keywords
Ageing, Knowledge, Caregiver, Heath Conditions, Old Peoples Home
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Victoria Chuni, Brian Chanda Chiluba, Moses Mwango, Esther Munalula-Nkandu, Hastings Shula, An Exploration of the Knowledge of Informal Caregivers on Ageing Related Health Conditions at Matero and Chawama Old People’s Homes, Zambia, International Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Vol. 4, No. 1, 2018, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnpt.20180401.11
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