Understanding the perspective of carers is an essential aspect of nursing. Supporting Families and Carers: A Nursing Perspective offers insights into the fundamental principles of caring for families and carers irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or religion.
This book discusses the concepts and theories that underpin our understanding of the behaviours and feelings that families and caregivers may experience. While the book covers theoretical dimensions to understand the caregiving experience, it also provides practical perspectives for nursing and is a unique resource to inform nursing practice and learning at all levels.
The book covers topics such as the stress process, stressors and how they relate to caregiving as well as actions and resources to help alter stressful situations. Interventions discussed include training and education programs, problem-solving skills, information technology–based support and formal approaches to planning care that take into account the specific needs of carers.
Carers are a central aspect of contemporary health services, and working with carers is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality person- and family-centred nursing care. This invaluable resource helps nurses to work effectively in partnership with patients and their carers.
Table of Contents
Context of the Carer
Definitions of Carers
Awareness of Carers
Cohesion and Togetherness
Adjusting and Adapting to Caregiving
Double ABCX Model
Coping Process and Coping Strategies
Coping Styles and Strategies
Hope as a Coping Strategy
Coping Ability: Sense of Coherence and General Resistance Resources
Impact of Caring on Families and Carers
Caregiver Strain and Burden
Loss and Grief Associated with Caregiving
Impact on Family Roles and Relationships
Positive Outcomes of Caregiving
Providing Support and Interventions for Families and Carers
Assessment of Families and Caregivers’ Needs
Interventions to Support Families and Carers
Working with Families and Carers
Context of Hospitalisation
Relationships between Nurse and Caregivers
Mary E. Braine, D.Prof, MSc, PGCHE, BSc (Hons), Diploma in Nursing (London), RN, senior lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science, University of Salford, UK
Julie Wray, PhD, MSc, PGCHE, RN, RM, ONC, senior lecturer/user and carer lead, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science, University of Salford, UK
"It takes a wide brush stroke across many key issues in caregiving, with a solid background in concept and theory application of family, coping, loss, stress, and resilience. A significant strength of the book is its "Thinking Box"—a set of questions for readers to pause and consider in understanding the possible meanings of or applications to situations. Other strengths are its key points, stories, and straightforward presentation of theory. It is an easy read for those unfamiliar with family caregiving and hits the prominent components of family caregiving. With this title, instructors will have ready tools built in for further exploration. This work is a good reference to lead graduate students to seek new discoveries … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals" – Choice