Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia
versão ISSN 1808-4281
SAMPAIO, Aline Melo Oliveira et al. Senior caretakers: perception about aging and its influence on the nursing act. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.2, pp. 590-613. ISSN 1808-4281.
The perception of the institutionalized senior caretakers about aging, may influence on the cares given to the elderly. Aiming the knowledge of such perception, it took place a structured interview with 26 professionals of this area, from the five Long Term Institutions in Governador Valadares, MG. Afterwards, it was made an analysis of the data, where it was identified that the most part of the participants (92,3%) have received preparation only after being admitted. Among the nursing duties, 80,8% concerns the interns’ basic needs. Defining the senior being, (53,8%) do it in a negative way. In conclusion, the caretakers’ perception about the aging exerts a meaningful influence on the nursing act. The lack of preparation and attention to the caretaker professionals, contributes to a service without quality addressed to the elderly, compromising, also, the own caretaker quality of life.
Palavras-chave : Institutionalized senior; Caretakers; Perception; Aging.