Support groups and burden for carers

The Effects of Alternative Support Strategies on Family Caregiving

Abstract:

Family units (N = 541) of impaired elderly persons and caregivers were randomly assigned to a control group or one of five treatment groups eligible for a variety of respite or educational services. After 12 months of service eligibility, caregivers of elderly persons remaining in the community reported lower levels of subjective burden. Services appeared to delay nursing home placement among families with adult child caregivers, but encouraged placement by spouse caregivers.

http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/4/457.short

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