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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337


SERFONTEIN, Lyndall; VAN SCHALKWYK, Mia Elsabie  and  VISSER, Marieta. Informal caregivers for stroke survivors: what does occupational therapy offer?. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2020, vol.50, n.1, pp.49-51. ISSN 2310-3833.

Informal caregivers play an important role in the continuum of care for survivors of stroke and the caregivers' own well-being may therefore have a significant impact on the survivor of stroke. Yet, caregiver training and support often do not fulfil the needs of caregivers and the consequences are often described in literature as 'burden of care'. In this article, we encourage occupational therapists to consider caregiving from an occupational perspective and we propose strategies for the enabling informal caregivers to maintain optimal well-being and health by means of increased opportunity for balanced occupational participation.

Keywords : stroke; informal caregivers; burden of care; occupational perspective; occupational therapy.

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