|Vandepitte, S., Putman, K., Noortgate, N. V. D., Verhaeghe, S.,& Annemans, L. (2019). Effectiveness of an in‐home respite care program to support informal dementia caregivers: A comparative study.International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry,34(10), 1534–1544. doi: 10.1002/gps.5164
This article seeks to assess how effective an in-home respite care program is at supporting informal caregivers of those with dementia. In order to do this, they analyzed 99 dyads of caregivers and care-receivers who participated in the in-home program at baseline and 6 months later. They primary measured caregiver burden, but also measured the desire to institutionalize the patient, caregiver quality of life, and the frequency and impact of behavioral problems.
- No significant change in caregiver burden after 6 months
- Desire to institutionalize the patient significantly decreased in the intervention group compared to the control group
- Slightly lower role strain and burden on social and family life shortly after the intervention
To read this article you can go to: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5135766/