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REIS, Luciana Araújo dos  and  TRAD, Leny Alves Bonfim. Family support to elderly with commitment of functionality: a family perspective. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2015, vol.17, n.3, pp. 28-41. ISSN 1516-3687.

This study aims to characterize the family support the elderly with impaired functional capacity from the perspective of the caregiver. The study was conducted in four health units in Jequié-BA. Data were collected through semi-structured interview and questionnaire to the families. Through content analysis yielded the following categories: significance of impairment of functional capacity; family relationship before the impairment of functional capacity; family relationship after the impairment of functional capacity; family’s perception of the guidelines of the health team; perceptions and feelings to be caregivers for the elderly, assessment of the limits and potential of family support, perceptions of social support network. Among the findings highlight the finding of a lack of expertise and preparation of families to care for the dependent elderly and weakness of a network of social support and health to the family and the elderly.

Keywords : elderly; functional impairment; family; daily activities; family support.

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