Phillipson, L., Johnson, K., Cridland, E., Hall, D., Neville, C., Fielding, E., & Hasan, H. (2019). Knowledge, help-seeking and efficacy to find respite services: an exploratory study in help-seeking carers of people with dementia in the context of aged care reforms. BMC Geriatrics, 19(1), 1–9
Our article of the month for April is Knowledge, help-seeking and efficacy to find respite services: an exploratory study in help-seeking carers of people with dementia in the context of aged care reforms. This article assesses knowledge, attitudes, information- seeking behaviors, and unmet needs regarding respite services following national aged-care reforms in Australia.
- 73% of caregivers reported unmet needs for respite and relied on personal networks to provide support for respite information
- Only 11% of caregivers utilized the “My Aged Care” phone line, a new service from the Australian government
- 35% of caregivers used a pre-existing phone line to access short-term or emergency respite care
- Researchers noted a preference for interpersonal information sources such as a local doctor, professionally and volunteer led caregiver support groups, and family and friends
- The caregivers that used four or more information sources showed a higher capacity to name local respite services
“The new reform hasn’t adequately addressed the needs of family caregivers for people with dementia in regard to information and support about respite services.”
You can access the full article here.