An Evaluation of Caregiver Strain Experienced by Family Members Living with the Elderly in Selected Villages of Tapi, Gujarat
Keywords:Evaluation, Caregiver strain, elderly
Background: Caregiver strain or burden is a strain experienced by a person who is taking care of
a disabled or chronically ill, and an old age person in the family. Caregivers experience burdens in
emotional, physical, psychological, economical, and social aspects of their day-to-day life. Objectives:
The objective of the study was to identify and compare caregiver strain experienced by them in physical,
physiological, social, emotional, and economic areas and to find the association of caregiver strain with
selected demographic variables. Methods: Using convenience sampling technique 247 caregivers were
recruited in the selected villages of Tapi District, Gujarat. And after obtaining their consent caregivers
were interviewed using the caregiver strain index by Robinson BC. Results: 52% of the samples had
mild levels of strain, 40% moderate levels, and eight percent of them with severe levels of strain. The
economic strain was the highest (54%) and the physiological strain was the least (13%). Relationship
with elderly and ability of an elder person to perform Activities of Daily Living had an influence
on caregiver strain. Conclusion: Caregiver burden and its impact need to be explored in detail and
measures need to be taken to reduce their burden in physical, economical, and emotional areas.
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