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“Family Members Do Give Hard Times”: Home Health Aides’ Perceptions of Worker–Family Dynamics in the Home Care Setting

Journal Article Family Caregiving
February 25, 2021

Through qualitative research, this study examined how home health aides perceived their relationship with family caregivers. Relationships usually fell into three categories: independent; competitive; or carative. Participants identified strategies for employer agencies to help aides better navigate these sometimes challenging relationships.

Key Takeaways

The nature of home care worker can leave it up to workers to create their own boundaries.
Participants identified relationships with family caregivers as either independent, competitive, or carative.
Participants shared how employer agencies can help them build constructive relationships with family caregivers.

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