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Moving Evidence-Informed Assessment and Management of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia into the Real World: Training Family and Staff Caregivers in the DICE Approach

Objective: To investigate the impact of a one-day training program on care-givers' confidence and knowledge in managing aspects of dementia care. Design: One-day caregiver training program featuring: 1) an interactive, multi-media format; 2) a companion manual; and 3) a "brain-storming" session at the end of the day that utilized attendees' real-world cases where the use of the DICE (Describe, Investigate, Create, and Evaluate) approach was illustrated "live." Setting: Three different geographical sites in Michigan.

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 10:36

Caring as a social determinant of health: review of evidence

Unpaid carers provide critical support for people with health and social care needs. The majority of recipients of unpaid care are older parents or spouses and partners, and changes in the make-up of our population indicate that the number of dependent older people in the UK will increase by 113% by 2051.

Supporting those who provide unpaid care to older people is therefore hugely important, and evidence is needed on how best to do this. The support provided by carers is often physically and emotionally demanding, with consequences for carers’ own health and wellbeing.

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 17:27

Who Cares? An Existential Perspective of Caregiving for Individuals With a Left Ventricular Assist Device

The goal of a LVAD is to extend life expectancy, improve physical strength and quality of life, and allow individuals to be discharged home. When making decisions for a family member to receive a LVAD, caregivers are asked to confront a sophisticated technology with not only the potential to extend life expectancy and improve quality of life but also risks for complications and burdens.

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 16:22

'Take more laxatives was their answer to everything': A qualitative exploration of the patient, carer and healthcare professional experience of constipation in specialist palliative care

Background: Constipation is a major problem for many older adults, more so for those who are receiving specialist palliative care. However, limited research reports the subjective experiences of constipation, despite evidenced differences between the healthcare professional and patient/carer perspective. Aim: The main aim of this study is to explore the experience of how constipation is assessed and managed within specialist palliative care from the patient, carer and healthcare professional perspective.

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 14:48

Strengthening the educational inclusion of young carers with additional needs: an eco-systemic understanding

This research explores the eco-systemic factors impacting on the educational inclusion of young carers (UK) that defines a young carer as anyone under the age of 18 years old who provides, or intends to provide, care for another person of any age. The literature has indicated that young carers with additional needs are a population more vulnerable to poorer outcomes in educational attainment, employment opportunities, and psychological wellbeing.

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 14:44

Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family

Guidance for anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who cannot cope without their support. This may be because they have a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, mental health condition or an addiction. 

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 11:51

Guidance for those under 25 who provide care for someone

This guidance is for anyone under 25 who cares for a family member who cannot cope without their support. This may be because they have a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction. 

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 11:47

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

This guidance is for anyone who provides unpaid care, such as friends or family, to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults.

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 13:04

Actions helping expressed or anticipated needs: Patients with advanced cancer and their family caregivers’ experiences of specialist palliative home care teams

Patients with advanced cancer and family caregivers in palliative care face physical, psychological, social and existential challenges, much of the time home alone. Specialist palliative home care team services can be instrumental for sense of security in an uncertain situation. The aim of this study was to describe patients’ and family caregivers’ experiences of specialist palliative home care team actions that are identified by the participants as helping or hindering interventions. Six patients and seven family caregivers were interviewed using the enhanced critical incident technique.

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 09:53

Family Caregivers' Experiences of Within-Hospital Handoffs for Older Adults in Acute Care

Family caregivers' experiences during within-hospital handoffs between acute care units are not well understood. Qualitative description methodology was employed to describe family caregivers' experiences during their loved ones' handoffs. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 10 caregivers of hospitalized older adults. Three themes emerged: Lack of care coordination, Muddling through handoffs alone, and Wariness toward the care delivery system. Findings can help clinicians shape their interactions with caregivers to maximize their involvement in post–hospital care.

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 09:46

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