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Life with two hats: part 1

Part 1 of a video by Viviana Fain-Binda for carers of people with dementia.  One carer talks about how she coped when her partner was diagnosed with dementia and how using a day care centre was able to support her.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

Direct and indirect support for carers: patterns of support for informal caregivers to elderly people in Sweden

This study examines what support services are offered to informal caregivers and whether the support is aimed directly or indirectly at the carers. Data were collected by means of two mail questionnaires in a Swedish county. The first questionnaire was aimed at each municipality in the region. The second questionnaire was sent to a random sample of 284 voluntary organizations in the region. Only the municipalities proved to have relief services, day care centres and two forms of payment for carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15

Working lives: the role of day centres in supporting people with learning disabilities into employment

Summarises a research project jointly commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health, which explored how day centres are addressing employment, the relationships between day centres and employment related organisations, and the views and experiences of those who attend day centres and their carers. The research was undertaken to understand current provision and how employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities can be extended.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Effect of combined support for people with dementia and carers versus regular day care on behaviour and mood of persons with dementia: results from a multi-centre implementation study

Background: A previous study in Amsterdam showed that combined family support in the Meeting Centres Support Programme, in which dementia patients and their carers are both supported by one professional staff member, is more effective in influencing behaviour problems and mood of dementia patients living in the community than non-integrated support, such as day care only.

Objective: A multi-centre implementation study tests if similar effects are achieved in other regions of The Netherlands.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Why carers of people with dementia do not utilise out-of-home respite services

While many people with dementia require institutional care, having a co-resident carer improves the likelihood that people can live at home. Although caregiving can have positive aspects, carers still report a high need for respite. Despite this need, the use of respite services for carers of people with dementia is often low. This article investigates carer beliefs regarding out-of-home respite services and why some carers do not utilise them.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09