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The experiences of Korean immigrant caregivers of non-English-speaking older relatives with dementia in American nursing homes

TitleThe experiences of Korean immigrant caregivers of non-English-speaking older relatives with dementia in American nursing homes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsKong, EH, Deatrick, JA, Evans, LK
JournalQual Health ResQual Health Res
Volume20
Pagination319-29
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1049-7323 (Print)<br/>1049-7323 (Linking)
Accession Number19940089
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and Over, Caregivers/ psychology, Communication Barriers, Cultural Characteristics, Dementia/ ethnology/ psychology, Emigrants and Immigrants/psychology, Family Relations/ ethnology, Female, Homes for the Aged, Humans, Middle Aged, Nursing Homes, Social Isolation, United States
AbstractThe purpose of this article is to describe Korean immigrant caregivers' experiences regarding American nursing home placement of their non-English-speaking older relatives with dementia. Qualitative descriptive methods and qualitative content analysis were used. A total of 17 semistructured interviews were conducted with 10 Korean immigrant family caregivers. The "Korean way of thinking" emerged as a fundamental cultural belief about caregiving. Six major themes were identified: (a) I never thought about a nursing home; (b) If I think in a Korean way, I feel . . . ; (c) Nursing home staff cannot communicate with . . . ; (d) My care recipient maintains Korean culture; (e) Nursing home services are better than expected but . . . ; and (f) My care recipient is more vulnerable because of dementia. This study provides valuable insights for health care providers about communication and cultural issues of immigrant caregivers for non-English-speaking older relatives with dementia.
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