This article examines the experiences of African American women who are caring for a parent with heart failure. Seven adult daughter caregivers completed in-depth, qualitative interviews, and a phenomenological approach was used for data analysis. Results suggest the presence of caregiving stressors, including heart failure symptoms and comorbidity, caregiving duties, social–emotional stressors, and distrust of the health system. Relevant coping strategies included valuing the caregiving role, coordinating care with siblings, taking charge, and spirituality. Social workers can play a critical role in supporting and advocating for caregivers of persons with heart failure, helping them to cope with stressors associated with advanced illness, connecting families with culturally acceptable services, and facilitating communication between families and health care providers.
Cardiovascular Diseases | Clinical and Medical Social Work | Social Work
Thornton, N. & Hopp, F.P. (2011). “So I just took over”: African American daughters caregiving for parents with heart failure. Families in Society 92(2): 211-217. DOI: 10.1606/1044-3894.4103