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Dyadic relationship scale: A measure of the impact of the provision and receipt of family care

Purpose: This study evaluated the psychometric properties of the Dyadic Relationship Scale (DRS), which measures negative and positive dyadic interactions from the perspective of both the patient and the family caregiver. An important aspect of evaluating the DRS was that it be statistically sound and meaningful for both members of the dyad. Design and Methods: The study used a cross-sectional design. Survey packages were mailed to home health care patients and their family caregivers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Does informal care from children to their elderly parents substitute for formal care in Europe

This paper analyzes the impact of informal care by adult children on the use of long-term care among the elderly in Europe and the effect of the level of the parent’s disability on this relationship. We focus on two types of formal home care that are the most likely to interact with informal care: paid domestic help and nursing care.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Caregivers of older clients with severe mental illness: Perceptions of burdens and rewards

Approximately one million older persons have a severe mental illness (SMI) and this number is expected to double in the coming decades. While research studies have examined the experiences of family members of younger persons with SML, very little is known about caregivers of older SMI clients. This study examined the characteristics, burdens, and rewards of 60 caregivers of older SMI clients using a modified version of family caregiver scales of Tessler, Fisher, & Gamache (1992).

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Factors associated with caregiver burden in heart failure family caregivers

Fifty caregivers and 41 heart failure patients participated in a study examining the association of caregiver characteristics and the caregiving environment on caregiver burden. Using a cross-sectional design, caregivers were interviewed face-to-face using a caregiver characteristic/demographic tool designed for this study, the Centers for Epidemiological Studies Short Depression Scale, the Caregiver Reaction Assessment questionnaire, and the New York Heart Association Functional Classification Guide to obtain the caregiver's perception of patient disease severity.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

The decline of intensive intergenerational care of older people in Great Britain, 1985-1995

There are increasing concerns about the future availability of informal care for older people, particularly care by their children. This article explores past trends in the provision of informal care by children/children-in-law between 1985 and 1995 in Great Britain, using successive General Household Survey data. The article suggests that, during this period, there was a decline in co-resident intergenerational care and that this was associated with a decline in highly intensive intergenerational care.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

An exploration into the palliative and end-of-life experiences of carers of people with Parkinson's disease

Although most people with Parkinson’s disease are cared for in the community, little is known about family members’ lived experiences of palliative or end-of-life care. The aim of this study was to explore former carers’ lived experiences of palliative and end-of-life care. In total, 15 former family caregivers of patients who had died with Parkinson’s disease were interviewed using a semi-structured topic list. Findings indicated that some palliative and end-of-life care needs had not been fully addressed.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Caregiving burden, stress, and health effects among family caregivers of adult cancer patients

Unlike professional caregivers such as physicians and nurses, informal caregivers, typically family members or friends, provide care to individuals with a variety of conditions including advanced age, dementia, and cancer. This experience is commonly perceived as a chronic stressor, and caregivers often experience negative psychological, behavioural, and physiological effects on their daily lives and health.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

The association between caregiving satisfaction, difficulties and coping among older family caregivers

Aims and objectives.  The aim was to study the association between gender, extent and content of care, satisfaction, coping and difficulties in the caregiving situation among older (75+) caregivers and to identify clusters of caregivers. The aim was also to explore psychometrically two instruments assessing satisfaction and difficulties in family caregivers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

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.

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