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An evaluation of the impact of voluntary sector family support workers on the quality of life of carers of schizophrenia sufferers

An evaluation was conducted of voluntary sector family support workers (FSWs) working with families of schizophrenia sufferers. FSWs completed a diary schedule and interviews were conducted with 15 co-professionals from the FSWs' multi-disciplinary teams and 62 carers from FSWs' caseloads. Carers' problems were assessed using the burden component of the Social and Behavioural Assessment Schedule and the Lancashire Quality of Life Profile. Carers were asked about the type of support received and their satisfaction.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Consulting service users: the Stroke Association Home Therapy Project

In 1999, the Stroke Association set up a project to promote home-based occupational therapy for patients who had had a stroke and been discharged home from hospital. As part of the service evaluation, focus groups for service users and carers were set up in two of the sites to consult users about the changes in their quality of life during the period of the home therapy. A total of 11 service users and 9 carers attended the groups, representing 30% of the service users and 27% of the carers involved in the project.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Plan with care

Research has been undertaken to look at how well social care and health organisations involve adult carers in service planning and delivery. This article concludes that while some carers are involved at a strategic level, carers are most dissatisfied about their involvement in individual assessment processes and outcomes. [Abstract]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

A multi-method evaluation of an independent dementia care service and its approach

Changes to approaches in dementia care and subsequent services over the last decade have meant that quality of care for people with dementia and their carers has undoubtedly improved. However, few in-depth dementia service evaluation studies are documented. Those that are tend to focus on traditional evaluation measures such as length of stay or functional improvement, or they concentrate on the perspectives of carers. This study used multiple methods within Fourth Generation Methodology to evaluate (SPECAL) Specialized Early Care of Alzheimer's, a dementia care service and approach.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

New approaches to supporting carers' health and well-being: evidence from the national carers' strategy demonstrator sites programme: report summary

The National Carers’ Strategy Demonstrator Sites (DS) programme was developed by the Department of Health (DH) as part of the commitments made in the 2008 National Carers’ Strategy (HMG, 2008). The DS programme, delivered across England, comprised 25 partnerships. With a delivery period of 18 months, each site was expected to develop new, innovative services for carers, or to extend existing provision if effective arrangements were already in place.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Predictors of high level of burden and distress in caregivers of demented patients: results of an Italian multicenter study

Considerable suffering is experienced by carers of patients with dementia. Most existing studies do not consider the coexistence of subjective and objective aspects that cause, interacting to each other, this suffering. The authors: (1) define the high-risk group of caregivers on the bases of the scores obtained on the four scales evaluating burden, distress, depression and anxiety (BDDA) taken into account simultaneously and (2) evaluate risk factors related to the high level of BDDA. 419 elderly outpatients with dementia and their caregivers were enrolled.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Care management, dementia care and specialist mental health services: and evaluation

Objective: To evaluate a model of intensive case management for people with dementia based in a community-based mental health service for older people.

Method: Quasi-experimental design. Individuals in one community team setting received case management and were compared with those in a similar team without such a service. Fortythree matched pairs were identified. Eligible older people and their carers were interviewed at uptake and again at 6 and 12 months.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

A pilot investigation of a brief, needs-led caregiver focused intervention in psychosis

Caregivers play an important role in the treatment and recovery of people with psychosis but they have different needs from service users and can experience significant distress as part of their role. Responding to caregiver needs is not readily identified as being the primary responsibility of clinical services that have limited resources. A small pilot study sought to evaluate the effect and acceptability of providing a brief, needs-led intervention to long-term caregivers of service users with psychosis.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

An evaluation of the domiciliary occupational therapy service in palliative cancer care in a community trust: a patient and carers perspective

In the past 20 years there has been considerable growth in the provision of palliative care services. The shift in emphasis from hospice and hospital care to the development of community services has been significant. This enables people to be cared for at home and is in keeping with Government agenda. While this may be beneficial for the patient and fit in with the wishes of the family, it is likely to put heavy demands on the coping resources of individual carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Evaluating carer information groups

The author describes carer information groups developed and run by Stockport Dementia Care Training, and the research undertaken to evaluate their effects.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11