Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Campos-Romero S., Herskovic V., Fuentes C., Abarca E. (2020)

Perceptions on Connecting Respite Care Volunteers and Caregivers

Revista : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volumen : 17
Número : 8
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


The most common requirement for informal caregivers is to experience a respite or temporary break from their caregiving routine. Some initiatives have been undertaken to provide respite care through volunteer providers. We report on a qualitative study carried out in Santiago, Chile, to learn about the willingness of potential volunteers to provide respite care for bedridden older persons, as well as their willingness to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to connect to caregivers in a low-income neighbourhood within their own geographic district. A trustworthy institution that mediates the volunteer–caregiver relationship is considered to be important by potential volunteers. Potential volunteers were found to be willing to use ICT to provide respite care, sharing basic information about themselves. However, they were also aware of the digital skill gap that may exist between them and the caregivers and were distrustful of unknown websites that could connect them to care recipients. View Full-Text