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A mirror image: experiences of informal carers caring for frail, older persons at risk from falling.

Lees, C, O'Brien, TD and Maganaris, CN (2021) A mirror image: experiences of informal carers caring for frail, older persons at risk from falling. British Journal of Community Nursing, 26 (2). ISSN 1462-4753

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Falls can lead to social isolation, anxiety and depression for those who fall, although little is known about how informal carers manage those at risk from falling at home. This study aimed to explore the experiences of informal carers who care for frail, older people at risk from falling at home. A qualitative study using thematic analysis was conducted for this purpose. Data were collected via one-to-one, semi-structured interviews. Informal carers experienced social isolation, significant adjustments to their working lives, a fear of further falls, tiredness, anxiety and depression. These findings mirror previous observations, which have found that falling is a predictor of both physical and psychological changes, although in those who fall rather than those who care for them. This highlights the need for both health and social care services to identify the impact of care recipient falls on the informal carer.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Community Nursing, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2021.26.2.64
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
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Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2021 12:19
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 05:53
DOI or ID number: 10.12968/bjcn.2021.26.2.64
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14501
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