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I am a student at the University of Vermont studying the perceptions of the influence of the family in relation to eldercare of caregivers and family members of the elderly. It is my hope that in understanding this first-hand perspective, the information can be practically applied in a way that facilitates the improved care of the elderly, and therefore their well-being.


While I had initially intended to meet with and interview the elderly themselves in person at eldercare facilities, I am no longer able to do that as a result of COVID-19. Considering that under our current circumstances I am unable to conduct research this way, I turned to online public caregiver forums with the hope that learning from caregivers and family members of the elderly would provide a complementary perspective that will serve to contextualize the topic of my study.


I understand that this may not be an ideal setting for this study, however, if any caregiver or family member comes across this post and is able and willing to offer any insight into the complex relationships among care recipients, caregivers, and family members, I hope to hear from you!

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Well, it's an ill wind blows no one any good: I think your thesis may have been rescued by Covid-19.

If you interview only older persons who are resident at a facility, you are going to get a limited and in some ways rather distorted perspective. You will be missing the bulk of the iceberg.

Why not bowl us some chapter headings and see what answers you get?
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This question is still confusing even though u tried to clear it up..

Are you looking at the "caregivers" being hired from the outside and how do these employees effect the family dinamics?

On this forum the Caregivers "are" family members taking care of, usually, a parent/parents. Occasionally a member will ask how to deal with a hired Caregiver but mostly its family taking care of family. We have very few agency or private paid Caregivers post.

You will need to read the postings. Caregiving is hard. A lot of the time its Senior children taking care of Senior parents. You will see grandchildren taking care of grandparents. People leave jobs to care for a LO only to find that their future is going to be effected. It is one child doing all the caregiving while siblings do what they want. When Dementia/Alzhemiers is involved it causes other problems.

Caregivers on this forum have different situations. Different family dynamics. We just try to support each other and help with problems.

Is this what ur looking for?
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Is your question: how do family members who are not the caregiver, influence the caregiver who is part of the family? Please understand that I am not trying to be snarky, but I am having difficulty understanding the question. Perhaps working with your advisor to refine the question so that it is more easily understood would get you the information you seek. Good luck with your study.
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evarnum Apr 22, 2020
Hello, I definitely agree that the wording of my question must be revised! I attempted to edit my question before but this platform does not allow it. A better question to ask might be: what role do caregivers and family members see the family playing in eldercare?

I wanted to be inclusive of family caregivers and that is why I had initially addressed family caregivers in the question, however, I believe it just made the question more confusing. This question is not addressed to any caregiver in particular, just caregivers in general!
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Thank you, evarnum. That's much better. I am not sure, though, that this forum is going to be the right place to do research for what I understand to be a scholarly paper. A main reason is that the forum is designed to help caregivers. Most of those who pose questions are looking for assistance from others (usually, but not always, other caregivers) in dealing with problems related to caregiving. Thus, you're going to get a selected sample--caregivers with problems related to caregiving. Those caregivers who do not have serious problems with family caregiving are going to be under-represented. In addition. some participants are dealing with problems that do not involve their own families. so you might want to screen them out yourself? Finally, this forum is really designed for caregivers needing help, or who are trying to help other caregivers. Most of these people have their hands pretty full! You may have difficulty finding very many who want to add being in a research study to their busy lives. I wish you luck, but you probably need some additional sources of information.
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evarnum Apr 22, 2020
Thank you for your input, I greatly appreciate it. I want to be clear though, that this study will not be published, it is for the purpose of and under the supervision of a qualitative research methods course at the University of Vermont. As a result of COVID-19, I was required to shift my intended study to remote methods of data collection, consisting of this online public forum and others. While I had initially intended to meet with and interview the elderly themselves in person at eldercare facilities, I am no longer able to do that. It was my hope that the perspective of the elderly about their own care would prove to be significant in the application of the research in order to improve their well-being. Considering that under our current circumstances I am unable to conduct research this way, I turned to online caregiver forums with the hope that learning from caregivers and family members of the elderly would provide a complementary perspective that will serve to contextualize the topic of my study.

I understand that this may not be an ideal setting for this study, however, if any caregiver or family member comes across this post and is able and willing to offer any insight into the complex relationships among care recipients, caregivers, and family members, I hope to hear from you!
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Could you please expand your question by providing more detail? I'm having difficulty understanding what you're hoping to find out/learn. Thank you!
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evarnum Apr 21, 2020
Hello!

A better question to ask might be: what role do (family) caregivers and family members see the family playing in eldercare?

For context, scholars interested in aging and eldercare are calling for a better understanding of the complex family relationship and its influence on eldercare services. I want to hear from care recipients, (family) caregivers, and family members with the goal of formulating a better understanding of the complex relationships among them which was identified as influencing the care sought and provided.

Does this help clarify the question?
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