Fictive Carers Perceptions of the Impact of Outcome-Focused Homecare with Older People Living Alone
School of Social Work, Care and Community, University of Central Lancashire, UK
- *Corresponding Author:
- Stephen Gethin-Jones
School of Social Work, Care and Community
University of Central Lancashire, Harrington Building, HA344, UK
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Received Date: December 23, 2016; Accepted Date: January 09, 2017; Published Date: January 11, 2017
Citation: Gethin-Jones S (2017) Fictive Carers Perceptions of the Impact of Outcome-Focused Homecare with Older People Living Alone. J Gerontol Geriatr Res 6:394. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000394
Copyright: © 2017 Gethin-Jones S. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Purpose: The aim of this paper is to discuss whether the use of outcome-focused homecare improves the subjective wellbeing of the fictive carers of older people living alone. It also discusses fictive carers’ perception of whether this intervention has improved the well-being of their relative.
Design/methodology/approach: This study followed the fictive carers of 30 service users who were assessed as having high care needs and living alone over a six-week period. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken at three intervals during the six weeks. The carers were asked to assess their subjective well-being at the start, middle and end of the study.
Findings: The key findings were that all 30 fictive carers expressed an improvement in their subjective well-being and that of their older family member, who appeared more settled as a result of this model of care.
Originality/value: This study provides an insight into the impact of outcome-focused homecare with older people as perceived by their fictive carers. Previously, research has established that outcome-focused care increased the subjective well-being of the older person from their own perspective. This study also demonstrated that this model of outcome-focussed care also improved the subjective well-being of the fictive carers themselves. These findings will help healthcare practitioners consider the use of this model of homecare as a potential alternative to providing separate support packages for the fictive carers.