Evaluation of a West Australian residential mental health respite service. Health & Social Care in the Community. (2018).
Our Article of the Month for January is Evaluation of a West Australian residential mental health respite service.
This article presents findings from an evaluation of a pilot residential respite service in Australia. It includes findings from semi-structured interviews with caregivers, consumers, and service providers!
- In this residential respite service the mean age of the family members/carers was 59.8 years and the mean age of the consumer was 30.8 years
- Most of the family carers were women
- Those that provided service in the residential program thought it was a good addition to the small amount of available respite services
- BUT service provider also felt that the family carers of “very unwell” consumers didn’t trust that they had the necessary qualifications to take care of their family members
- Family members/carers identified lack of communication and cooperation between organizations and service providers to be a major barrier to accessing respite care
- Family caregivers identified feelings of social isolation and distress as a reason for seeking respite care
- The majority of family members/carers expressed a wish to have longer periods of respite as well as permanent supported housing for their loved one
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