ERIC Number: ED310300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Respite Care for Impaired Family Members: An Examination of Two Agencies.
Pietrukowicz, Mary; Johnson, Mitzi M. S.
Studies consistently have found that caregivers who use respite care are satisfied with and appreciate such care. However, preliminary evaluations of the effect of respite care on caregiver burden have had mixed, limited, and in some cases null empirical findings of program effectiveness. This study explored the relationship between caregiver characteristics and utilization of respite care in order to understand the caregivers' perceptions of burden and social support as well as their need for formal support services. Subjects included 22 caregivers using respite care for families with dementing relatives and 26 demographically matched caregivers not using respite care. Also included were 43 caregivers of mentally or physically disabled children using the in-home respite care program. Subjects responded to a questionnaire focusing on caregiver demographics, length of care, sources and availability of social supports, and attitudes toward and utilization of respite care. Results indicated that caregivers who used the respite care perceived a higher level of burden than did non- users. While differences in burden could be due to varying degrees of physical, cognitive, or behavioral problems that drive caregivers to seek respite, examination of severity, mental status, and prescription of behavioral management medications revealed no differences in the patient samples. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Aging (DHHS/PHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (10th, San Francisco, CA, March 29-April 1, 1989). Data collection funded by the Lexington/Bluegrass Chapter of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.