Involvement, worries and loneliness of family caregivers of people with dementia during the COVID-19 visitor ban in long-term care facilities

Marleen Prins*, Bernadette Willemse, Claudia van der Velden, Anne Margriet Pot, Henriëtte van der Roest

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Abstract

To prevent COVID-19 from spreading in long-term care facilities (LTCFs), the Dutch government took restrictive measures, including a visitor-ban in LTCFs. This study examined the relationship between involvement of family caregivers (FCs) of people with dementia (PwD) living in LTCFs and FCs mental health during the visitor-ban, and whether this relationship was moderated by the frequency of alternative contact with PwD during the visitor-ban and FC resilience. This cross-sectional study collected data from 958 FCs. FCs who visited PwD more frequently before, were more worried during the visitor-ban than those with lower visiting frequency. FCs who visited the PwD daily before, but had minimal weekly contact during the visitor-ban, worried less. Resilient FCs who did social and task-related activities before, experienced less loneliness during the visitor-ban. It is advisable for healthcare professionals to reach out to these groups, to facilitate ongoing contact and help them overcome their loneliness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1474-1480
Number of pages7
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume42
Issue number6
Early online date1 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021

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Funding Information:
This study was funded by the The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) (grant no. 10150062010007). The funding source had no involvement in determining the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the articles; and in the decision to submit it for publication.

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