Thirteen percent of Hispanic households provide care to an adult aged 50 or older, but given their dramatic population growth, an increasingly large number of families will soon be placed in a caregiving role. The purpose of this study was to determine whether Hispanic caregivers could be accessed through local provider groups, with the goal of generating interventions to decrease caregiver burden. Study findings raise Anglo nurses' awareness of the need for staff who share the values and language of diverse subgroups. Second, they confirm the presence of male caregivers, sons who alone provide personal care to a parent. Lastly, the effect of empathetic, informal interactions and personal stories in communication with Hispanics cannot be overstated. We believe that our findings are of interest to clinicians who help Hispanic families access community care agencies and, conversely, will help community agencies identify families who need assistance and clinical researchers who are seeking study participants.
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