Rethinking Best Practice: Developing Culturally Relevant, Regional Ontologies to Improve Efficacy of Caregiver Support Programs

By Christine Wright.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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A qualitative study of caregivers in Northwest Louisiana was conducted to explore the regional phenomenon of caregiving and the use or non-use of respite care. The participants’ caregiver attitudes represented a more resigned and reactive state of being than the healthier proactive outcomes revealed in the literature, thus putting the participants at greater risk for physical and psychosocial decline. Additionally, the participants’ use of respite care was non-existent. The thought of having another person care for their spouse exposed an area of fear with deep cultural implications. Understanding the regional culture of the participants and the resistance to turning over care of a spouse to another is vital to developing interventions that can re-introduce productive aging for the caregiver without violating cultural norms.

Keywords: Caregiving, Best Practice, Qualitative, Regional Ontology

Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.37-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 615.591KB).

Dr. Christine Wright

Assistant Professor, Program in Occupational Therapy, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Shreveport, USA

Christine E. Wright, Ph.D., LOTR has been an occupational therapist for 17 years and an academic educator for 11 years. Dr. Wright is an assistant professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–Shreveport where she teaches courses in adult and older adult rehabilitation, clinical assessment and evaluation, and research. Dr. Wright specializes in qualitative research using interpretive phenomenology with Heideggerian hermeneutic analysis. Dr. Wright’ clinical expertise is in rehabilitation for adults and older adults with neurological impairments. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Wright provides Dementia care training for assisted living and long-term care residences as a consultant for TR Training Solutions, LLC.