Journal of Geriatric Mental Health

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9--12

Home-based care of persons with dementia during COVID-19 pandemic: Caregivers' experiences


Cicil R Vasanthra1, Thirumoorthy Ammapattian1, Sojan Antony1, Girish N Rao2, Krishna Muliyala Prasad3, Kanjirakattu Madom NarayananUnni Anu1, Thomas Gregor Issac3, Sivakumar Palanimuthu Thangaraju3 
1 Departments of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Epidemiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Kanjirakattu Madom NarayananUnni Anu
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
Prof. Thirumoorthy Ammapattian
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India

Background: Dementia is a neurocognitive disorder that contributes to a high caregiver burden. This article describes caregivers' experiences in providing care at home for persons with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic had brought the world to a standstill that no one alive had experienced before. Methods: Cross-sectional focus group discussion with 17 caregivers of persons living with Alzheimer's disease was conducted using video conferencing software. Results: The significant issues reported by the caregivers were changing routine, an increase in demanding behavior, an increase in the tendency of wandering behavior, increased frustration among caregivers, intolerance, and overall burden. However, some caregivers were also able to adapt to emerging situations and design a new set of daily living activities. Conclusion: Understanding caregiving experiences and guiding caregivers to build their resilience would prevent caregivers' burnout.


How to cite this article:
Vasanthra CR, Ammapattian T, Antony S, Rao GN, Prasad KM, Anu KN, Issac TG, Thangaraju SP. Home-based care of persons with dementia during COVID-19 pandemic: Caregivers' experiences.J Geriatr Ment Health 2022;9:9-12


How to cite this URL:
Vasanthra CR, Ammapattian T, Antony S, Rao GN, Prasad KM, Anu KN, Issac TG, Thangaraju SP. Home-based care of persons with dementia during COVID-19 pandemic: Caregivers' experiences. J Geriatr Ment Health [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Dec 2 ];9:9-12
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