Family Caregiver Perspectives on Benefits and Challenges of Caring for Older Adults With Paid Caregivers. By: Shaw, Amy L.; Riffin, Catherine A.; Shalev, Ariel; Kaur, Harveen; Sterling, Madeline R. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Dec2021, Vol. 40 Issue 12, p1778-1785. 8p.

Background: Many older adults receive help from both family caregivers and home care workers. We aimed to understand family caregivers’ perspectives on home care workers.

Methods: This qualitative study took place at an academic medical center in New York, N.Y. We interviewed family caregivers of community-dwelling older adults about their experiences with home care workers. We analyzed transcripts thematically.

Results: We interviewed 17 family caregivers and identified four major themes: (a) home care workers provide functional and emotional support; (b) home care is logistically challenging; (c) finding the right fit between home care workers, older adults, and families is essential; and (d) home care workers and family caregivers coordinate care well beyond the initiation of home care.

Conclusion: Despite its logistical challenges, home care benefits patients and family caregivers. Given the growing prevalence of caregiving, clinicians and family caregivers might benefit from training and support about working with home care workers.