The dementia caregiver--a primary care approach.
ABSTRACT Caring for loved ones with dementia is challenging and stressful for family members who have to provide the home care. The responsibility takes a huge physical, emotional, and financial toll on the caregivers, which is known as caregiver burden. The survival and quality of life of the dementia patient have been shown to be related to the well-being of the caregiver. An overwhelmed caregiver can result in premature institutionalization and increased health-care utilization, by both the patients and the caregivers. The physician should periodically assess caregivers for the level of perceived burden, presence of depression and anxiety, social support, behavioral problems in the care recipient, and coping strategies and help the patient and caregiver with advance care planning. Strategies that meld support, education, and practical counseling about common caregiving stresses and community resources seem to mitigate caregiver burden and depression.
- SourceAvailable from: Stefanie AuerAlzheimer's and Dementia 07/2009; 5(4). DOI:10.1016/j.jalz.2009.04.243 · 17.47 Impact Factor
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT Despite Canada's increasing population of seniors and the varying long-term care (LTC) strategies that provinces have implemented, little research has focused on understanding the extent to which publicly funded residential LTC bed supply varies across provinces, or the factors influencing this variation. Our study involved an analysis in which we examined the association of three select jurisdictional characteristics with LTC bed supply: population age demographics, provincial wealth, and provincial investments in home care. No significant cross-jurisdictional "ecology" or inter-relatedness was found between the variation in LTC bed supply and any of the examined variables. Interprovincial variation in bed supply also did not statistically influence alternate level of care days specific to LTC waits, suggesting that these days were not influenced simply by differences in LTC bed supply and that other provincial-level factors were in play.Canadian journal on aging = La revue canadienne du vieillissement 12/2014; 34(01):1-15. DOI:10.1017/S071498081400052X · 0.92 Impact Factor
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: There is evidence of insufficient communication abilities by medical specialists as well as of the limited retentive capacities of patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) and their caregivers. The main reasons for this include the personal limitations of the physician, as well as external, emotional and social-cultural factors associated with the patients and their caregivers. The aim of this study is to compare the clinical information on AD provided by the physicians and that perceived by caregivers and to assess factors associated with differences in perception. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We carried out an observational national multicentre study based on questionnaires assessing the information provided by the physician and that retained by the caregiver for 17 items of information. The study involved 61 researchers and included a total of 679 patients who met the selection criteria. We evaluated the factors associated with the difference in perception of the information that was transmitted. RESULTS: Participating caregivers had a mean age of 57.2 ± 14.8 years, with an average care time of 27.6 ± 28.0 months. Approximately half (50.9%) were children of the AD patient and most lived in the same household (64.9%). Caregivers assigned significantly higher ratings to information on concept of disease, aetiology, pathogenesis, dosage and treatment recommendations and adherence, while doctors assigned significantly higher ratings to information related to demystification and correcting preconceived notions, possible complications, adverse events and/or iatrogenesis, family associations, and emotional/psychological support to caregivers (P<.05). Concordance between the information provided and that received was classified between poor and weak (inter-rater agreement ≤ 0.27). The degree of disease progression using the Global Deterioration Scale (GDS) was a factor significantly associated with professional-carer information discrepancy (P=.002). CONCLUSIONS: Many areas of information showed large differences in perception between physicians and caregivers of AD patients, which highlights the need to improve the communication process in order to achieve higher quality.Neurologia (Barcelona, Spain) 10/2012; Neurologia. 2012(Oct;27(8)):453-71.. · 1.35 Impact Factor