Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to describe how a community-based training program can assist family caregivers in their caregiving role.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to describe barriers to attending training programs for family caregivers and methods to minimize those barriers.
Methods: Open-ended questionnaires regarding the effectiveness of the FCT were completed at the end of each program and one month after each program. Demographic information on caregivers (n=58) and care recipients (n=72) was also collected. The Revised Caregiving Appraisal Scale was administered before each program (time 1), after each program (time 2), and one month post completion (time 3).
Results: Participant feedback at the end of the each program was used to refine and modify subsequent programs. Content analysis was used to analyze qualitative data. Descriptive statistics and Friedman’s two-way analysis of variance were used for the quantitative data. Participants were satisfied with the program and found it useful and applicable. Barriers and facilitators were identified. Themes of Usefulness, Satisfaction, Confidence, Socialization and Planning Ahead were identified. There was significant improvement between the time 1 and time 3 scores on the subscales of satisfaction and sense of mastery (self-esteem).
Conclusion: Caregiver effects as measured by the Revised Caregiving Appraisal Scale were not evident immediately upon completion of the program (time 2), but became evident once caregivers had time and opportunities to use the knowledge and skills (time 3). Caregiver training programs such as this can assist caregivers in perceptions of their abilities and satisfaction with the caregiver role. An added benefit is the socialization that occurs through meeting with other family caregivers who share the experience.
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