Characteristics of dementia family caregivers who use paid professional in-home respite care

Lakelyn Hogan, Julie Blaskewicz Boron, Julie Masters, Kelly MacArthur, Natalie Manley

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Abstract

Caring for a person living with dementia (PLWD) can be challenging, making support services like respite important. Of the types of respite, research on paid professional in-home care specific to family caregivers of PLWD is limited. This study aimed to identify characteristics of dementia caregivers using paid in-home respite. A self-administered online survey (N = 98) examined use of in-home respite. Measures assessed depressive symptoms, burden, and self-rated health. Analyses included descriptive statistics and qualitative coding. Most respondents utilized weekly schedules of in-home respite with a moderate correlation between dependency and hours of respite. Caregivers’ self-reported average health, depressive symptoms, and mild-to-moderate burden. The majority of users had lowered perceived stress, were satisfied with services, and indicated the importance of in-home respite during a pandemic. Future research should assess changes in use of paid in-home respite services and overall landscape of respite options for dementia caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHome Health Care Services Quarterly
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • caregiving
  • Community and Home Care
  • Community and home care: respite care < community and home care
  • dementia
  • family caregiver
  • paid care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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