Family caregivers and patient 'have differing opinions about care'

Posted on 02 August 2011

Caregivers and the relative with dementia they are looking after often have differing opinions when it comes the amount and quality of care given and received, according to a study, which may see more opt to pay for care.

Research published in journal The Gerontologist revealed that caregivers come to believe that people with dementia are unable to make decisions about their day-to-day lives.

Authors explained that caregivers underestimated the importance their relative placed on the five core values of autonomy, burden, control, family and safety.

Steven Zarit, of Penn State University, explained: "Caregivers who still saw the person with dementia as able to direct his or her daily life were also more in tune with that person's values and beliefs."

This follows research from Penn State and Viginia Tech which revealed that patients and carers both benefit from adult day care services.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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