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How do we facilitate carers' involvement in decision making?

Background. Government health care policy urges service providers to involve service users in the decision-making process. Research studies have recommended changes to current health care practice to facilitate this involvement. However, carers’ organizations continue to highlight a gap between policy and practice in relation to involvement.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Breaking the mould: developing a new service for people with dementia and their carers

Respite care or ‘short breaks’ are currently heavily promoted as services to support older people and their carers. However, uptake of such services can be limited and there is a need to design models which are more flexible and responsive, and also reflect the ethos of personcentred care, which is currently one of the main drivers of health and social care policy in the UK. This paper describes the rationale for, and the philosophy behind, a new service for people with dementia and their carers recently established in Sheffield which provides respite care in the person's own home.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

The legitimacy of rest: conditions for the relief of burden in advanced dementia care-giving

This paper is a report of a study conducted to identify the conditions that favour the relief of the burden of female caregivers of relatives with advanced dementia. Respite services are a response to caregivers' needs for rest. Although they are wanted and needed services, caregivers do not always have access to or use them. The need for a caregiver-centred approach to relieving the burden of care is a conclusion which respite researchers are increasingly reaching. The method was, grounded theory was chosen as the research strategy.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Breaking point: a report on caring without a break for children and adults with severe or profound learning disabilities

Mencap’s 2003 Breaking Point report identified the appalling situation faced by the majority of families caring for children and adults with severe and profound learning disabilities. Despite highlighting the issues with central and local government at every opportunity, Mencap continues to meet families pushed to breaking point. We have revisited the issues in this report, as we have come across many more stories of families who are still not getting the short break they need. We can confirm that, sadly, nothing has really changed.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Assessing multiple sclerosis patients' and carers' views of respite care

Background: People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often require full-time care, which may be provided by informal carers. Respite becomes a vital part of carers' lives allowing temporary relief. Little attention in the literature is given to the people who experience respite care. Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the views of respite care by MS patients and their carers. Method: A cross sectional survey was conducted in Northern Ireland, one questionnaire for patients and another for carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Give me a break

The carers grant has been doubled and its long-term future secured as part of a new spending programme on adult care. But even now less than five per cent of carers will get the breaks from caring that they deserve, says Katie Leason. 

Examines some issues related to the grant given by the government to caregivers in the U.S. Aim of the grant; Expansion of the carers grant program; Benefits of the grant to caregivers; Limitations of the grant program.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Shifting the burden

Proposals for councils to register adult placement schemes will come as a relief to individual carers who will be spared the regulatory load. Anabel Unity Sale looks at why change is necessary and asks whether it will improve practice. [Introduction]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Rest assured? A study of unpaid carers’ experiences of short breaks

This report describes the findings of research carried out between August and December 2011 into the experiences of unpaid carers in accessing and using short breaks (respite care). The study explored, from the carers’ perspective the benefits of short breaks (provided by formal services and family and friends), good practice in planning and provision, deficits and areas for improvement. Research findings are based on 1210 responses to a Scotland-wide survey distributed through carer organisations, four focus groups involving 36 carers and 13 interviews.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

The effect of caregiver support interventions for informal caregivers of community-dwelling frail elderly : a systematic review

INTRODUCTION: Informal caregivers are important resources for community-dwelling frail elderly. But caring can be challenging. To be able to provide long-term care to the elderly, informal caregivers need to be supported as well. The aim of this study is to review the current best evidence on the effectiveness of different types of support services targeting informal caregivers of community-dwelling frail elderly.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Night respite care: relieving the burden on people caring for relatives with dementia

There are few published reports of night-time respite care for people with dementia. The authors review the literature on effectiveness of respite care and report on an audit of the Bexley ACE Night Centre. Night-time respite care is well received by carers who say that it helps them cope better and for longer with relatives who have dementia. Many carers say they would be willing to pay for the service if it were not free. They argue that models of very brief night-time respite should be developed further and researched more fully as they meet an important need of carers. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10