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Updated meta-review of evidence on support for carers

BACKGROUND: Policy and research interest in carers continues to grow. A previous meta-review, published in 2010, by Parker et al. (Parker G, Arksey H, Harden M. 'Meta-review of international evidence on interventions to support carers.' York: Social Policy Research Unit, University of York; 2010) found little compelling evidence of effectiveness about specific interventions and costs. OBJECTIVE: To update what is known about effective interventions to support carers of ill, disabled or older adults. DESIGN: Rapid meta-review.

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:03

Family caregiver use and value of support services in the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Context: The US Congress in 2010 established the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) healthcare system, expanding services for family caregivers of eligible veterans with injuries sustained or aggravated in the line of duty on or after 11 September 2001. The program includes a Caregiver Support Coordinator, stipends for caregivers, education/training, and additional services.

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 12:15

The development of service user-led recommendations for health and social care services on leaving hospital with memory loss or dementia - the SHARED study

Background Health and social care services are under strain providing care in the community particularly at hospital discharge. Patient and carer experiences can inform and shape services. Objective To develop service user-led recommendations enabling smooth transition for people living with memory loss from acute hospital to community.

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 15:25

How to ensure your service is responsive to the needs of carers: a guide and action planning tool for managers and staff working in the health service in Newcastle

This guide and action planning tool aims to assist staff working in the health service to implement carer related elements in various government guidance. This includes 'Caring for carers', 'National framework for mental health', 'National framework for older people', NHS plan 2001 and 'Valuing people'.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

Carers at the centre

Most health and social services professionals understand that carers play an important part in the care management of a person with an illness or disability, but there needs to be a greater recognition of the personal needs of carers. Roberta Ford gives a personal insight into the work of carers’ support centres.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

Informal care: the views of people receiving care

Informal care is perceived to be the best option for people who require assistance to look after themselves. National and international studies of informal care have focused on the carer, not on the care provided, or the needs and experiences of the care recipients. In the present study, 55 people receiving informal care (21 males and 24 females, mean age = 67.6) were surveyed to determine the type of assistance that they receive, perceptions of the quality of their care, feelings about being looked after by a carer and their perceptions of the services which would be useful.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

Informal carers and the primary care team

The number of carers in the community is rising, and the importance of general practice in providing supportfor them has been highlighted. Caring for a disabled friend or relative has been shown to be harmful to the health of the caregiver and changes in social and family structure have led carers to become isolated and more reliant on the formal support services. However, many carersfeel that GPs do not understand their needs, and in turn many GPs and nursesfeel that they lack the relevant resources and training to take a more proactive role.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Rationed care: assessing the support needs of informal carers in English social services authorities

The passing of the Carers (Recognition and Services Act) 1995 was a step forward in trying to ensure that people who provide informal care to disabled, sick or elderly relatives or friends are properly recognised and properly supported. The Carers Act gave informal carers the right to an assessment of their own needs, and this article is based on a study into the impact of the legislation in four local authority social services departments. It is argued that the vision of supporters of the Carers Act, namely to achieve real benefits for many carers, has yet to be realised.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Services to support carers of people with mental health problems : consultation report for the National Co-ordinating Centre for NHS Service Delivery and Organisation R & D (NCCSDO)

The aim of this report is to provide a scoping review of evaluation studies of interventions and serv ices to support carers of people with m ental health problem s, to discuss issues relating to the effectiveness and cost - effectiveness of interventions, and to provide insights into areas where there are gaps in knowledge. The report is accom panied by a second report, the Consultation Report, that docum ents a consultation exercise held with key stakeholders, including ‘key informant’ carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

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