Effects of Informal Caregivers on Function of Older Adults in Home Health Care

Eunhee Cho, Eun Young Kim, Nam Ju Lee

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine the effects of informal caregivers on the functioning of older adults in home health care (HHC). The authors performed a secondary data analysis using the Outcome and Assessment Information Set of older adults (N = 8,750) who were admitted to a HHC agency from acute care hospitals. We conducted hierarchical multiple linear regression with functional dependence after a 60-day episode of formal HHC as an outcome variable. The older adults with informal caregivers showed less functional dependence at discharge (β = -0.821, p = .027) than those without informal caregivers. Older adults who have a spouse (β = -3.886, p < .001), offspring (β = -3.614, p < .001), relative (β = -4.360, p < .001), or nonrelative (β = -4.977, p < .001) caregiver showed less functional dependence at discharge compared with those who had a paid caregiver when controlling for risk factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-75
Number of pages19
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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