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Current perceptions of respite care: experiences of family and informal carers of people with a learning disability

Access to regular, high-quality respite care has a beneficial impact on a carer’s ability to fulfil their caring role, but provision varies widely. The current study aims to report family and informal carers’ perceptions of respite care services offered to them by their local authority. A mixed method, triangulated design, yielded both quantitative and qualitative data. Members of a parent/carer federation were sent a questionnaire which included a section on ‘respite care’; 151 of 647 responded. Two focus groups were held with 15 carers who had previously completed the questionnaire.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Stress in carers of individuals with demtenia and Community Mental Health Teams: an uncontrolled evaluation study

Aim.  The aim of this was to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions provided by a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) in reducing stress in carers of individuals with dementia.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Respite care for caregivers and people with severe mental illness: literature review

Aim.  The aim of this study was to review research literature over the past 10 years on respite care for people affected by severe mental illness; and identify key implications for nursing practice in provision of respite care for family caregivers of people with severe mental illness.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

An exploration looking at the impact of domiciliary and day hospital delivery of stroke rehabilitation on informal carers

Objectives: To explore the impact of two methods of post-hospital stroke rehabilitation on both carers' perceptions of the health services offered and their quality of life.

Setting: East Dorset Health Authority.

Subjects: Forty-six informal carers were recruited from a sample of 106, initially identified from stroke patients participating in a larger randomized controlled trial.

Design: Qualitative methods.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Helping dementia patients with a wider family circle

Shared Lives schemes are increasingly being used to support people with dementia and they are providing cheaper than alternative forms of help, reports Natlie Valios. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Short and sweet

Respite breaks can play an important role in reducing the stress on carers and giving them time to re-energise themselves. Philippa Hare looks at recent research that highlights the secret of a good break. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Burden of informal carers of mentally infirm eldery in Lancashire

OBJECTIVES: To compare the burden of supporting demented and non-demented mentally infirm elders in an English community; determine the prevalence of emotional distress in carers and to investigate the relationship between carer well being and duration of care giving.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:08

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