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Caregiving for older Latinos at end of life: perspectives from paid and family (unpaid) caregivers

TitleCaregiving for older Latinos at end of life: perspectives from paid and family (unpaid) caregivers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCarrion, IV, Nedjat-Haiem, FR
JournalAm J Hosp Palliat CareAm J Hosp Palliat Care
Volume30
Pagination183-91
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1938-2715 (Electronic)<br/>1049-9091 (Linking)
Accession Number22637704
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Caregivers/ statistics & numerical data, Female, Health Services Accessibility/statistics & numerical data, Hispanic Americans/ statistics & numerical data, Home Nursing/statistics & numerical data, Hospice Care/statistics & numerical data, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Middle Aged, Socioeconomic Factors, Terminal Care/ statistics & numerical data, Young Adult
AbstractThis study examined the various settings in which caregiving occurred for terminally ill older Latinos. Qualitative data were collected in Central Florida through in-depth, semi-structured, open-ended interviews. 20 Latinos caring for terminally ill Latinos participated in the study. N = 9 Latino family (unpaid) caregivers provided care in the terminally ill person's home, while N = 4 provided care to a family member in the caregiver's home. N = 4 paid caregivers provided care to terminally ill Latinos who reside in the caregiver's private home and N = 3 in an assisted-living facility. The themes indicate that family (unpaid) caregivers experienced changes in their financial status; they both encountered English language barriers. Geographical distance made caregiving more challenging. Paid caregivers adapted to cultural expectations and their higher income enabled them to hire assistance.