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Lived experiences constraints of family caregivers in caring for older adults with chronic diseases during the Covid-19 pandemic: a qualitative study of Indonesian perspectives

Bahtiar Bahtiar (Department of Nursing, Universitas Mulawarman, Samarinda, Indonesia)
Ida Ayu Kade Sri Widiastuti (Department of Nursing, Universitas Mulawarman, Samarinda, Indonesia)
Dwi Nopriyanto (Department of Nursing, Universitas Mulawarman, Samarinda, Indonesia)
Nurlaila Fitriani (Department of Nursing, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia)
Khumaidi Khumaidi (Department of Nursing, Universitas Mulawarman, Samarinda, Indonesia)
Arief Andriyanto (Department of Nursing, Universitas Bina Sehat PPNI, Mojokerto, Indonesia)
Iskandar Muda (Department of Nursing, Universitas Mulawarman, Samarinda, Indonesia)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 22 August 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore the lived experiences of the constraints of older adult family caregivers with chronic diseases in caring for and accessing health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used the descriptive phenomenology qualitative method. The sampling method was purposive sampling involving 16 older adult family caregivers.

Findings

The results of this study showed three themes such as difficulties in health services in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic (complaints of services provided by doctors, older adult treatment control problems and difficulty getting to hospital health facilities); difficulties accompanying taking older adult medicine (older adult non-compliance response to taking medication and older adult medicine assistance); and psychosocial complaints caring for and accompanying the older adult (negative emotions for the older adult, difficulty interacting with the older adult and the economic burden of caring for the older adult).

Practical implications

Barriers to family caregivers in caring for older adults with chronic diseases can help health-care service providers understand and support families caring for and assisting older adults, which may contribute to the quality of life and care for both family caregivers and older adults.

Originality/value

This study showed that Indonesian family caregivers faced difficulties caring for and living with older adults with chronic diseases during the pandemic. Family caregivers’ experiences are essential when developing an intervention to support and manage health care for older adults with chronic illnesses.

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Acknowledgements

The researchers thank all participants for their support and cooperation. Then, the authors thank the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Mulawarman for funding the research.

Conflict of interest statement: The researchers declare no conflicts of interest in this study.

Funding: The research was funded by Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Mulawarma.

Citation

Bahtiar, B., Sri Widiastuti, I.A.K., Nopriyanto, D., Fitriani, N., Khumaidi, K., Andriyanto, A. and Muda, I. (2023), "Lived experiences constraints of family caregivers in caring for older adults with chronic diseases during the Covid-19 pandemic: a qualitative study of Indonesian perspectives", Working with Older People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-09-2022-0044

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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