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Dementia care in the care home

This video focuses on developing dementia care skills. Practical in nature, this title explores the ways in which care workers can adapt everyday routines and practices to support a person with dementia.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

An exploration of help-seeking behaviour in older people with unmet needs

Background. Despite decades of research showing high rates of unmet need in older people, there currently is little understanding of why these needs remain unmet. This study was performed as part of a larger feasibility study of a multidisciplinary needs assessment tool in primary care.

Objective. The aim of the present study was to explore patients' and carers' help-seeking behaviour and perceived barriers to meeting unmet needs.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

The relationship between brain and behaviour in dementia: you're the expert

This DVD has been developed for those caring for people with dementia. It explains how symptoms are caused and how they affect the behaviour patterns of people with dementia. Expert advice from a consultant psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist is included. Carers also share their experience of learning what it is like to live with a partner with dementia.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:22

Effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural family intervention in reducing the burden of care in carers of patients with Alzheimer's disease

Background The majority of patients with Alzheimer's disease live outside institutions and there is considerable serious psychological morbidity among their carers.

Aims To evaluate whether family intervention reduces the subjective burden of care in carers of patients with Alzheimer's disease and produces clinical benefits in the patients.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

The impact of service user cognitive level on carer attributions for aggressive behaviour

Background  This study was designed to test the hypothesis that carer attributions for aggressive behaviour vary according to a service user's severity of intellectual disability.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:19

Carer burden in dementia - assessing the impact of behavioural and psychological symptoms via self-report questionnaire

Background: The relationship between the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and negative outcomes in carers has been consistently demonstrated, however the quality of the assessment of the former in routine clinical settings is variable and validated interview-based scales are frequently underutilised.

Aims: To develop a carer self-report questionnaire, the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms Questionnaire (BPSQ), for the assessment of the neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia and associated carer distress.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:19

Carers' attributions for challenging behaviour

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to apply Weiner's (1986) attributional model of helping to the care of clients presenting with challenging behaviour. A number of predictions were tested: (a) that aggressive, destructive, and self-injurious behaviours would differentially affect carers' ratings of attributional dimensions; (b) that carers' propensity to help would be mediated by positive affect rather than optimism; (c) that optimism would be reduced by a perceived stable cause, such as client's level of dependency.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

A systematic review of the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for carers of people with dementia

Historically, there have been many attempts to develop interventions to support the carers of people with dementia. To date the evidence of effectiveness has been limited. However, the success of psychosocial interventions for carers of people with schizophrenia has suggested the possibility of utilizing this approach. A systematic review was undertaken to assess the evidence of effectiveness for psychosocial interventions with carers of people with dementia. Thirty controlled trials that evaluated a psychosocial approach were identified.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

The good doctor: the carer's perspective

Carers are family members, friends, and neighbours who perform medical tasks and personal care, manage housekeeping and financial affairs, and provide emotional support to people who are ill, disabled, or elderly. From a carer's perspective, the primary requisite for a good doctor is competence. Assuming equal technical skills and knowledge, the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ doctors comes down to attitudes and behaviour-communication. An important aspect of communication is what doctors say to carers, and how they interpret what carers say to them.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

Can pharmacological treatment of behavioural disturbances in elderly patients with dementia lower the buden of their family caregiver?

Family caregivers of a community-dwelling demented relative experience significant burden in their caregiving role. In particular, behavioural disturbances are expected to be responsible for high caregiver distress and burden. Above, in approximately 80% of the cases, institutionalization of the demented patients with dementia occurs as a result of a burdened caregiver. Because of the impressive disruptive character of behavioural disturbances, most caregivers appeal for pharmacological intervention at a given moment, expecting instant suppression of the aberrant behaviour.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15

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