“Turbulence even in a bubble”: A reflexive thematic analysis with family caregivers of people with dementia in the United Kingdom during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

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Danby, A., Benson, T. and Garip, G. 2023. “Turbulence even in a bubble”: A reflexive thematic analysis with family caregivers of people with dementia in the United Kingdom during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychology and Health. pp. 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2023.2289460
AuthorsDanby, A., Benson, T. and Garip, G.
Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to understand how family caregivers of people with dementia managed changes caused by COVID-19 restrictions and how they adjusted to the lifting of restrictions. A particular focus of the study was on understanding the impact of social isolation, a reduction of social interactions, and reduced access to healthcare services.

Methods and measures: Fourteen voluntary caregivers (nine women) were interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule.

Results: Five themes were identified based on reflexive thematic analysis: i) Outlets to cope with lockdown; ii) “Not all doom and gloom”: A silver lining amid COVID-19; iii) Optimism helps provide resilience; iv) The challenges and joys of reopening; and v) Caregiving toward a new normality.

Conclusion: The research highlighted difficulties reported by family caregivers and people with dementia during COVID-19, while also showing how such carers coped. Interviews also identified ways that family caregivers often used optimism to help navigate through lockdown and to tackle the reopening stage. Family caregivers in this study reported coping well overall, but welcomed the lifting of restrictions.

KeywordsDementia; caregivers; pandemic; COVID-19; United Kingdom
Year2023
JournalPsychology and Health
Journal citationpp. 1-26
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2023.2289460
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08870446.2023.2289460
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