Experiences of caregivers working with children living with HIV/AIDS.
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The present study aims to explore the experiences of caregivers working with children living with HIV/AIDS in the context of a children's home. While there has been research conducted on family members as well as community based caregivers of people living with HIV/AIDS, there has been a paucity of research on caregivers of children living with HIV/AIDS in Children's homes. There is a strong need to address this area of deficit in order to identify and tackle areas of difficulty as well as rewarding aspects to enhance the caregiving experience This pilot study adopted the interpretive research paradigm, is qualitative in nature and utilized in depth interviews as a means of data collection. Four women working as caregivers at the children's home were interviewed and the data obtained was analysed using thematic content analysis. The present study highlights the positive as well as the negative aspects of caregiving from the perspective of the caregivers. While caregivers identify the difficulties that they face as a result of caregiving, they also acknowledge the rewards that they attain from their line of work. Furthermore the present study emphasises the coping strategies employed by the caregivers on a personal and an organisational level as well as the resources that aid coping and the constraints against utilising the coping resources. In addition issues of attachment and detachment associated with caring for children, that are particularly pertinent to these non -familial caregivers have been explored.