Informal and formal care of elderly dependents

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Informal and formal care of elderly dependents

We investigate psychosocial aspects of caregiving, considering both the perspective of those who care for dependent elderly people and contextual factors, to design an evaluate suitable interventions for formal and informal caregivers.

Objectives

a. Determine what are the needs and positive aspects of care from the perspective of informal and formal caregivers of dependent older people.

b. Design interventions focused on enhancing the positive aspects and reducing the needs indicated by informal and formal caregivers that allow them, on one hand, to carry out a better care work; and on the other, to improve their well-being and quality of life, indirectly benefitting the dependent person.

Head Researchers

Claudia Miranda Castillo

PhD in Aging and Mental Health at University College London (UCL), United Kingdom. Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB).

Alejandra Ximena Araya

PhD in Nursing Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. Professor at the School of Nursing, Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB), and member of the PhD in Nursing Science Faculty at UNAB.

Research Assistants

Evelyn Iriarte

Nurse and Master in Nursing from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. PhD candidate in Nursing Science at University of Miami (United States). Professor at UC School of Nursing.

Sebastián Sáez

Psychologist, Sociologist and Master in Health Psychology from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC). Professor at Universidad Andrés Bello and UC.

Students

Thamara Tapia

Psychologist, Master in Aging from INTA (Universidad de Chile), MSc from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (United States), and PhD student in Behavioral Science and Health at University College London (United Kingdom).

Perla Arrué

Design student at Diego Portales University. Her title project focuses on making visible the work of informal older people’s carers.

María Ignacia Azócar

Clinical psychologist for adults. Master in Dementia, University College London (UCL) and Phd student in Psychiatry, UCL.

Alba Lozano

Nurse, Master in Nursing, and student of the Doctorate in Nursing Science, Andrés Bello University.

Solange Vallejos

Nurse, Master in Strategic Management of Health Establishments, and PhD student in Nursing Science at Andrés Bello University.

Paula Vega

Nurse, Master in Nursing clinical mention, and student of the PhD in Nursing Science from the Andrés Bello University.

Beatriz Carrasco

Nurse, Master in Family Health and PhD student in Nursing Science, Andrés Bello University. Teaching nurse at the Arturo Prat University, Iquique.

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