J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2012 Dec;23(4):347-357. 10.12799/jkachn.2012.23.4.347.

The Experiences of Family Caregivers under the Long-term Care Insurance

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea. gelee@dau.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of family caregivers who care for the elderly under Long-term Care Insurance.
METHODS
Data were collected using focus group interviews and analyzed using a phenomenological approach. The four focus groups consisted of eight caregivers, two social workers and three nurses in B city, Korea.
RESULTS
Five themes were identified: 'Obtaining a care-helper certification for employment', 'Taking care of the elderly in their homes', 'Difficulties due to life changes', 'Difficulties due to reduced wages' and 'Dissatisfaction with the Long-term Care Insurance operating system'.
CONCLUSION
The results of this study demonstrate that the long-term care system for family caregivers faces many systematic challenges in providing care for the elderly harmoniously in their home. To help them succeed in their tasks, Long-term Care Insurance system must offer respite and support programs to family caregivers.

Keyword

Qualitative research; Focus groups; Aged; Caregivers; Insurance; Long-term care
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