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Les difficultés et les attentes des aidants informels de personnes démentes vivant à domicile dans la vallée du Grésivaudan

Abstract : Introduction: Eighty per cent of dependant senior citizens live at home and are helped by informal carers. The study aim is to identify challenges and expectations of these carers whose patients are living in the Gresivaudan Valley and suffering from cognitive disorders. Method: It is a qualitative study carried out with inductive analysis of thematic contents which have been obtained through semi-directive interviews. Results Twelve carers, wifes and husbands, daughters and sons, nieces and nephews as well as a friend, 42 to 86 years old, have been questioned, during a period going from july to september 2014. The carers attest of heavy workload leading to a leasuretime loss as well as moral and physical and financial repercusions on their own life. They noted too, the worsening human relationship between the carers and the helped person. They regretted the confusion around the health diagnosis of their relatives and were not satisfied by the proposed solutions to help them. They deplored the isolation situation induced by rural life in mountainous areas. The carers developed strategies to improve their everyday lives: coping, link between carers and even home adjustments. They were longing for a breathing space, the consolidation of their role as carers, the holding of multidisciplinary meetings. They are hoping for the development of a policy geared towards their carer's challenges. Conclusion: The Gresivaudan Valley carers have unprecedented shapes of difficulties and expectations inherent in the characteristic features of their Region. It is necessary we take these features into account to offer them appropriate treatment.
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Marine Micolau, Valérie Ratinaud. Les difficultés et les attentes des aidants informels de personnes démentes vivant à domicile dans la vallée du Grésivaudan. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2015. ⟨dumas-01114905⟩



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