People who bring very sick spouses are better cared for when the party dies


(Reuters Health) – For carers who are caring for a very ill spouse, the quality of life can be further improved if the party dies or the party recovers a study from Germany.

This paradoxical decision – that life is more satisfying when sick partners die than when they arise – can come from the fact that, in general, bereavement carers had heavier care burdens in the study, and that they spent Sharper spouses and more hours caring for their loved ones until the end of the caring role, Laura Langner, a University of Oxford sociology researcher and Nuffield College in the UK who led the research said.

“Carer satisfaction did not have a major impact on the recovery of their partner, unless the burden was in terms of weekday care, the costs and hours of domestic work or the severity of the spouses disease taken from their high shoulders, and t in that case they were also more satisfied. their lives on the recovery of their spouse, ”Langner said via email.

Carers in the study were caring for a sick spouse who needed ongoing care or assistance with daily tasks such as swimming, dressing and eating. Over four years of follow-up, 152 spouses died and 112 resigned.

The level of care required for dying partners was significantly higher than for spouses who transferred.

Carers carers who died about two hours spent as much as unpaid care offered during the week as carers partners who switched.

Only 28% of those who had their party had to spend seven hours or more a day providing care, making errors, and handling housework, compared to 71% of carers whose partners received death.

After death, carers had significant improvements in life satisfaction from year to two years after they were widowed who did not demonstrate the experience of carers following a sick party or spouse's recovery.

The study was not designed to prove whether the care given to a partner or spouse affects quality of life or life satisfaction, or how this would change with the patient's death or recovery.

And results from Germany, where carers receive some financial support, may not reflect what would happen elsewhere in the world. Life satisfaction may be impacting on life satisfaction where this financial support does not exist, the study team notes.

The study grouped carers based on whether they handled more than seven hours of care per day during the week, leaving the possibility of differences in life. between death and recovery for carers with only a few hours of care.

The findings still provide fresh evidence of the pressures that childcare can take.

“The results suggest that carers with high care loads may be more likely to alleviate some of the pressure of cruise care as – even if the partner has died – there has been a reduction in the hours / pressure of care rising with life satisfaction, ”said Langner.


J Gerontol B 2019.

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