TitleBeliefs and expectations of family and nursing home care among Mexican-origin caregivers.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMendez-Luck, CA, Amorim, C, Anthony, KP, Neal, MB
JournalJ Women Aging
Date Published2017
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Aged, Attitude to Health, Caregivers, Female, Humans, Los Angeles, Mexican Americans, Mexico, Nursing Homes, Social Support, Stress, Psychological

This study examined perceptions of family care, nursing homes, and expectations of future care among 85 Mexican-origin women caregivers, some who lived in Mexico City and some who lived in East Los Angeles, California (East LA). Attitudes of Mexican-born women-living in Mexico City and in East LA-were more similar to each other than those of U.S.-born women. Most caregivers reported a preference for family care and had negative views of institutional care. In addition, despite the negative views about nursing homes, some caregivers expressed a willingness to seek nursing-home care for themselves so as to avoid burdening their children in the future. Findings lend support to the persistence of Mexican cultural values in this sample of Mexican-origin caregiving women, regardless of where they were born.

Alternate JournalJ Women Aging
PubMed ID27749161
Grant ListK01 AG033122 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
P20 MD000182 / MD / NIMHD NIH HHS / United States