Nursing Care for Empowerment of Family Caregivers of Elderly with Stroke

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Sattawas Udonsat
Yommana Chananin
Thanapol Bundasak

Abstract

            In caring for the elderly with stroke, family caregivers have important duties to help with daily activities, rehabilitation to prevent complications of the mind, and caring for the mood of elderly people with stroke. According to long-term and continuous care, these things affect caregivers including mood, physiological, psychology, as well as social and economic aspects. Stress and fatigue from care giving in particular may cause feelings of powerlessness or lack of empowerment in terms of self-care and helping the elderly with stroke. Thus, family caregivers should not be disregarded and should be supported to achieve a good quality of life.


            This article aimed to present nursing care for the empowerment of family caregivers of elderly with stroke by applying Gibson’s empowerment model, which includes 4 steps: 1) Discovery of reality, 2) Critical reflection, 3) Taking charge, and 4) Holding on. The 4 steps mentioned earlier will build confidence and develop the abilities of family caregivers. Additionally, it can help family caregivers’ perception towards self-power to develop ability and increase the efficiency of care for elderly people with stroke.

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