Revista Salud Uninorte
Print version ISSN 0120-5552
MONTALVO PRIETO, Amparo et al. Care abilities of familiy caregiver the principal of patients with VCA: Cartagena (Colombia). Salud, Barranquilla [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.2, pp. 212-222. ISSN 0120-5552.
Cerebrovascular accident (CVA) is the neurological disease that causes more disability and institutionalization. Its high survival is not even a full recovery, since until ninety percent suffer consequences, creating a demand for care and the presence of a caregiver to perform the basic activities. These caregivers are exposed to suffer changes in their lives that affect different roles, making them a vulnerable population that requires care from health services. Objective: Identify the skills of care from care givers of patients with sequelae of CVA in Cartagena. Method: Descriptive study, made to 152 caregivers of patients with sequelae of CVA in the city of Cartagena. It was used two instruments, Characterization of the care givers and Inventory Caregiver's Ability to Care, an instrument that measures the ability of care in the dimensions knowledge, courage and patience. Results: Caregivers are mostly women in adulthood, younger than the subject of care, homemakers. They have more than 37 months devoted to the care, generally there are more carers, they have first degree of consanguinity (51.3%), and average ability to care. The dimensions of caring ability, knowledge (75.7%) patience (87.5%) and courage (2.6%) were in the high category. Conclusions: Caregivers of people with ACV, do not have the skills necessary to establish the relationship of care, interventions are needed to reduce the risks of the caregiver role.
Keywords : Ability to care; caregivers; cerebral vascular accident.