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    Rights statement: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Age and Aging following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Mary Turner, Claire King, Christine Milligan, Carol Thomas, Sarah G. Brearley, David Seamark, Xu Wang, Susan Blake, and Sheila Payne Caring for a dying spouse at the end of life: ‘It's one of the things you volunteer for when you get married’: a qualitative study of the oldest carers' experiences Age Ageing (2016) 45 (3): 421-426 first published online April 7, 2016 doi:10.1093/ageing/afw047 is available online at: http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/3/421

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Caring for a dying spouse at the end of life: “It’s one of the things you volunteer for when you get married”: a qualitative study of the oldest carers’ experiences

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Caring for a dying spouse at the end of life : “It’s one of the things you volunteer for when you get married”: a qualitative study of the oldest carers’ experiences . / Turner, Janet Mary; King, Claire; Milligan, Christine; Thomas, Carol ; Brearley, Sarah Grace; Seamark, David; Wang, Xu; Blake, Susan; Payne, Sheila Alison.

In: Age and Ageing, Vol. 45, No. 3, 05.2016, p. 421-426.

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title = "Caring for a dying spouse at the end of life: “It{\textquoteright}s one of the things you volunteer for when you get married”: a qualitative study of the oldest carers{\textquoteright} experiences ",
abstract = "Background: Older people aged 80 and over are increasingly providing end of life care to spouses at home, and often do so for long periods of time, whilst also trying to manage their own illnesses and disabilities. Little of the research on older spousal carers has focussed on the oldest carers, hence the needs of this particular population are not fully known.Objective: To explore the experiences of the {\textquoteleft}oldest carers{\textquoteright} in caring for a dying spouse at home.Methods: Secondary analysis was undertaken on a subset of data from a larger qualitative interview study; this dataset comprised 17 interviews from participants aged 80 or over. Framework analysis methods were used, with items derived from the thematic analysis of the main study.Results: The oldest carers in this subset demonstrated high levels of resilience, and the ability to adapt to their caring role. Caring until death was accepted as an integral part of the commitment made to their partner as part of the {\textquoteleft}wedding contract{\textquoteright}. Carers felt they benefitted from the support provided by family, friends and care services; however their own care needs were not always recognised by health and social care services.Conclusions: These findings underscore the complexity of the oldest carers{\textquoteright} experiences and challenges in times of illness and end of life. Healthcare professionals should be alerted to the myriad ways caregiving is enacted in serious illness and seek opportunities for developing supportive interventions specifically for older carers.",
keywords = "carers , older people, end-of-life care, qualitative research, spouses",
author = "Turner, {Janet Mary} and Claire King and Christine Milligan and Carol Thomas and Brearley, {Sarah Grace} and David Seamark and Xu Wang and Susan Blake and Payne, {Sheila Alison}",
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T2 - “It’s one of the things you volunteer for when you get married”: a qualitative study of the oldest carers’ experiences

AU - Turner, Janet Mary

AU - King, Claire

AU - Milligan, Christine

AU - Thomas, Carol

AU - Brearley, Sarah Grace

AU - Seamark, David

AU - Wang, Xu

AU - Blake, Susan

AU - Payne, Sheila Alison

N1 - This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Age and Aging following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Mary Turner, Claire King, Christine Milligan, Carol Thomas, Sarah G. Brearley, David Seamark, Xu Wang, Susan Blake, and Sheila Payne Caring for a dying spouse at the end of life: ‘It's one of the things you volunteer for when you get married’: a qualitative study of the oldest carers' experiences Age Ageing (2016) 45 (3): 421-426 first published online April 7, 2016 doi:10.1093/ageing/afw047 is available online at: http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/3/421

PY - 2016/5

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N2 - Background: Older people aged 80 and over are increasingly providing end of life care to spouses at home, and often do so for long periods of time, whilst also trying to manage their own illnesses and disabilities. Little of the research on older spousal carers has focussed on the oldest carers, hence the needs of this particular population are not fully known.Objective: To explore the experiences of the ‘oldest carers’ in caring for a dying spouse at home.Methods: Secondary analysis was undertaken on a subset of data from a larger qualitative interview study; this dataset comprised 17 interviews from participants aged 80 or over. Framework analysis methods were used, with items derived from the thematic analysis of the main study.Results: The oldest carers in this subset demonstrated high levels of resilience, and the ability to adapt to their caring role. Caring until death was accepted as an integral part of the commitment made to their partner as part of the ‘wedding contract’. Carers felt they benefitted from the support provided by family, friends and care services; however their own care needs were not always recognised by health and social care services.Conclusions: These findings underscore the complexity of the oldest carers’ experiences and challenges in times of illness and end of life. Healthcare professionals should be alerted to the myriad ways caregiving is enacted in serious illness and seek opportunities for developing supportive interventions specifically for older carers.

AB - Background: Older people aged 80 and over are increasingly providing end of life care to spouses at home, and often do so for long periods of time, whilst also trying to manage their own illnesses and disabilities. Little of the research on older spousal carers has focussed on the oldest carers, hence the needs of this particular population are not fully known.Objective: To explore the experiences of the ‘oldest carers’ in caring for a dying spouse at home.Methods: Secondary analysis was undertaken on a subset of data from a larger qualitative interview study; this dataset comprised 17 interviews from participants aged 80 or over. Framework analysis methods were used, with items derived from the thematic analysis of the main study.Results: The oldest carers in this subset demonstrated high levels of resilience, and the ability to adapt to their caring role. Caring until death was accepted as an integral part of the commitment made to their partner as part of the ‘wedding contract’. Carers felt they benefitted from the support provided by family, friends and care services; however their own care needs were not always recognised by health and social care services.Conclusions: These findings underscore the complexity of the oldest carers’ experiences and challenges in times of illness and end of life. Healthcare professionals should be alerted to the myriad ways caregiving is enacted in serious illness and seek opportunities for developing supportive interventions specifically for older carers.

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KW - older people

KW - end-of-life care

KW - qualitative research

KW - spouses

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DO - 10.1093/ageing/afw047

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VL - 45

SP - 421

EP - 426

JO - Age and Ageing

JF - Age and Ageing

SN - 0002-0729

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