Providing Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Experience of Formal Caregivers in Long-Term Care Facilities in Chile

Alejandra Ximena Araya, Josefa Palacios, Francisca Oyanedel, Evelyn Iriarte

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The current study aimed to identify the main challenges to formal caregivers from different long-term care facilities (LTCFs) that care for older adults (aged ≥60 years) in Chile during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Chile’s national LTCF governing body (SENAMA) sent a survey to 1,190 LTCFs, receiving 996 responses. LTCF characteristics were number of residents, certification with SENAMA, licensure, geographic zone, and poverty level. Four dimensions were assessed: (a) concerns, (b) challenges, (c) needs, and (d) opportunities for improvement. The majority of respondents replied negatively to these four dimensions. Among those who responded positively, the fear of infecting a loved one, staff shortages and overwork, the need for access to psychological support, and improving payments were among formal caregivers’ primary concerns. Targeting supportive interventions for formal caregivers, clinically and psychologically, is essential to preserve caregivers’ health. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 49(5), 39-44.]

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)39-44
Número de páginas6
PublicaciónJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Volumen49
N.º5
DOI
EstadoPublicada - may. 2023

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Enfermería General
  • Gerontología

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