Relatives often become involved in the care of people with dementia who are living at home. The caregivers’ burdens are extensively de- scribed in several studies, and one of the most common, unmet needs of the caregivers is the opportunity for daytime activities. The aim in this qualitative study is therefore to explore the eve- ryday lives of eight relatives of people with de- mentia who are receiving day care services. A content analysis is used, and three major the- mes emerge and are discussed: 1) when life becomes chaotic; 2) rebuilding a new, everyday life; and 3) the agonies of choice. The findings indicate that day care service offers respite care, and, at the same time, it gives both the relatives and those with dementia a meaningful day. These findings can also be described as relatives trav- eling a route from a situation characterized by chaos and suffering to a new life situation that has meaning through day care services. It is im- portant to note that despite this new meaning in the relatives’ lives, the relatives continue to strug- gle with decisions about the futures of their loves ones in regard to the dilemma of placing them in an institution versus aging in place.
Solum Myren, G. E., Enmarker, I., Saur, E., & Hellzen, O. (2013). Relatives’ experiences of everyday life when receiving day care services for persons with dementia living at home. Health, 05(08), 1227–1235. https://doi.org/10.4236/health.2013.58166