Experiences of caregivers of people with dementia in a Korean dementia simulation program

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Objectives: Experiencing dementia-related challenges in a dementia simulation program can be useful for caregivers to understand perspectives of people with dementia possibly leading to improvement in the quality of care and positive outcomes in caregivers and people with dementia. Previous studies about dementia simulation programs have been conducted in Western countries and no research has been conducted in Asian countries. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore experiences of caregivers of people with dementia who participated in a Korean dementia simulation program. Methods: A descriptive phenomenological study using thematic analysis with ATLAS.ti 8 software was used. A total of 28 Korean caregivers were interviewed about two weeks after participating in the Korean dementia simulation program that was modified from a program developed in USA by considering Korean cultures. Results: Three key themes with seven subthemes emerged. The present study demonstrated that participation in the program helped caregivers have more empathy, affected their care strategies positively leading to emotional and social benefits on the care dyads, and increased awareness in possible changes due to aging and the risk of dementia. Conclusions: The present study was the first study that demonstrated caregivers’ positive experiences in and benefits from participation in a dementia simulation program in an Asian country. Caregivers in the other Asian countries may have similar benefits from participation in dementia simulation programs.
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    Author List

  • Han A; Kim TH; Hong H
  • Start Page

  • 2415
  • End Page

  • 2429
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 7