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An experimental study on the effectiveness of a mutual support group for family caregivers of a relative with dementia in mainland China

When caring for an older relative with dementia, family members experience considerable distress and burden. Literature reviews show that supportive group interventions for these caregivers have significant positive effects on improving their distress and quality of life, but not consistent and conclusive. Limited research is found in Asian populations. This study tested the effectiveness of a 12-session bi-weekly mutual support group program for Chinese family caregivers of a relative with dementia in Hong Kong, when compared with standard family support service.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Informal care of people with mental disorders: Does the Austrian long-term care system provide adequate support?

OBJECTIVE: The Austrian long-term care system covers all types of long-term chronic diseases and handicaps and is based on a payment for care scheme. The benefit is directed to care recipients, who are - in the outpatient sector - largely free in how to use it. Herewith, the payment for care scheme also has a significant impact on the provision of informal care. The paper studies this impact for the particular case of informal care provided for mentally ill people.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Carers' assessment, skills and information sharing (CASIS) trial: A qualitative study of the experiential perspective of caregivers and patients

Background: Families express a need for guidance in helping their loved ones with anorexia nervosa (AN). Guided self-help interventions can offer support to caregivers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

A survey exploring the provision of carers' support in medium and high secure services in England and Wales

Although the focus on carers has increased in general psychiatry, the same cannot be said for forensic psychiatry. This is despite the fact that carers of mentally disordered offenders may experience additional pressures including in some cases, being the victim of the patients' crime. A survey of medium and high secure units in England and Wales was conducted to investigate support provided to carers of mentally disordered offenders. Most units provided some form of support, but there was variation in the types and amount of support provided.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Supporting ‘Young Carers’ in Kenya: From Policy Paralysis to Action

African children who care for sick or dying adults are receiving less than optimal support due to confusion about whether or not young caregiving constitutes a form of child labour and the tendency of the authorities to play it “safe” and side with more abolitionist approaches to children's work, avoiding engagement with support strategies that could be seen as support of child labour.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Family care and their incidence in the quality of life of dependent elderly people

Research demonstrates that the family is the principal source of care for elderly people in case of disability or other needs. While considerable attention has been given to different aspects of caregiving, few studies have incorporated the adequacy of care provided by families. The purpose of this presentation is to delimit family aspects that we have been neglecting or we have preferred not to see which are relevant for the quality of life of the elderly.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Elderly people suffering from dementia going into a home pixel study

Beyond the neuro-psychiatric effects of specific dementia therapeutics, support given to patients and their informal carers is at stake today. One of the reasons why patients suffering from dementia are unable to remain at home is because their families are faced with so many difficulties. The study seeks to find out why elderly demented people are put into homes and what influences this decision.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Caring for carers: how community nurses can support carers of people with cancer

There are more than 1 million people in the UK looking after a family member or friend with cancer, but half the number of these carers do not receive support to care. Providing this care significantly affects cancer carers emotionally, physically, and financially. Community and district nurses have a vital role to play in reaching out to these hidden carers and signposting them to the correct support. This article provides tips on identifying carers, including who they are, the challenges they face, and how health professionals can approach and speak to them.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Vulnerable pupils go unnoticed

The article reports that studies by several British educational organizations have found that access to social services for vulnerable students in state schools is inadequate. The organizations referenced include the Young Carers Research Group at Loughborough University, the Children's Society, and National Foundation for Educational Research. Research by these groups has shown that educators often discipline vulnerable children for bad behaviour without addressing the cause of such behaviour.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

General practitioners (GPs) and their role in supporting informal carers for elderly and disabled people from the informal carers' perspective

The article deals with problems of informal (family) carers for elderly and disabled people in the context of foreign researchers and best policy practices. It also pays a great attention to the role of GPs in providing a support to family carers in the long-term care system in the Czech Republic. We have come to our conclusions on the basis of desk-research and face-to face interviews with 30 family carers for frail elderly and disabled children. Caring for dependent family members in their homes is an extremely difficult task in terms of mental and physical health of carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15

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