Motivating and discouraging factors with being a support contact in the dementia care sector:: a grounded theory study
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 15, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: People with dementia need different forms of assistance as the disorder progresses. In Norway, support contacts work as ‘paid friends’ and their role can be compared with respite carers or voluntary workers' in other Western countries. Support contacts may be helpful within the dementia sector, especially in the early stages of the disorder, though they are rarely used.
Aim: The aim of this study was to find out how the support contacts perceive their work.
Method: Grounded theory, a qualitative method, with interviews of 19 participants (14 women and five men aged 40–75 years) during 2009–2010, from 12 local authorities.
Findings: This study describes the participants' motives for becoming a support contact and their encouraging and discouraging experiences while being a support contact, expressed as four sets of opposites; flexibility vs rigidity; being compensated vs feeling used; affiliation vs abandonment; and satisfaction vs lack of satisfaction.
Conclusion: Greater flexibility, adequate compensation, a sense of affiliation and satisfaction, together with potential for building relationship with families, are factors that will encourage dementia care supporters to continue with their work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 15, no 1
dementia, health promotion, respite care, voluntary workers' experiences
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3761DOI: 10.1080/15017419.2012.667000OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-3761DiVA: diva2:787144