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Factors influencing the non-use of respite services by caregivers of people living with dementia differ according to respite product

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: The physical and psychological burden of providing care for someone with dementia is well-established. Formal services can assist carers to support people with dementia to live at home longer by providing a break or respite from their responsibilities. Such an outcome is consistent with both community and government preference for older people to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible. However, despite caregivers of people with dementia indicating a need for a break, their use of respite services is often low, and little is known about factors that might be associated with the non-use of different types of respite services. Methods: A mixed-methods study was undertaken to explore the various factors associated with the non-use of respite services by carers of people living with dementia. This article discusses results from qualitative investigations including caregiver interviews and discussion groups undertaken to explore attitudes toward and experience of different types of respite services and the factors that influence the non-use of the various respite services available. Anderson's behavioral model of service use was used as a framework of analysis. Results: Study results highlight that predisposing, enabling (or disabling), and need factors associated with respite non-use differ according to respite product (ie, day care, in-home, or residential respite services). Conclusions: Results highlight the need to improve approaches to supporting carers and those living with dementia to overcome specific barriers to the use of particular respite services to support respite service utilization.

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Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Phillipson, L. & Jones, S. (2009). Factors influencing the non-use of respite services by caregivers of people living with dementia differ according to respite product. Alzheimer''s and Dementia, 5 (5), e15-e15.

Start Page


  • e15

End Page


  • e15

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 5

Abstract


  • Background: The physical and psychological burden of providing care for someone with dementia is well-established. Formal services can assist carers to support people with dementia to live at home longer by providing a break or respite from their responsibilities. Such an outcome is consistent with both community and government preference for older people to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible. However, despite caregivers of people with dementia indicating a need for a break, their use of respite services is often low, and little is known about factors that might be associated with the non-use of different types of respite services. Methods: A mixed-methods study was undertaken to explore the various factors associated with the non-use of respite services by carers of people living with dementia. This article discusses results from qualitative investigations including caregiver interviews and discussion groups undertaken to explore attitudes toward and experience of different types of respite services and the factors that influence the non-use of the various respite services available. Anderson's behavioral model of service use was used as a framework of analysis. Results: Study results highlight that predisposing, enabling (or disabling), and need factors associated with respite non-use differ according to respite product (ie, day care, in-home, or residential respite services). Conclusions: Results highlight the need to improve approaches to supporting carers and those living with dementia to overcome specific barriers to the use of particular respite services to support respite service utilization.

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Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Phillipson, L. & Jones, S. (2009). Factors influencing the non-use of respite services by caregivers of people living with dementia differ according to respite product. Alzheimer''s and Dementia, 5 (5), e15-e15.

Start Page


  • e15

End Page


  • e15

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 5