Dementia Care: Intersecting Informal Family Care and Formal Care Systems

Prabhjot Singh, Rafat Hussain, Adeel Khan, Lyn Irwin, Roslyn Foskey

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    Abstract

    Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependence amongst older people and previous research has highlighted how the well-being of people with dementia is inherently connected to the quality of their relationships with their informal carers. In turn, these carers can experience significant levels of emotional stress and physical burden from the demands of caring for a family member with dementia, yet their uptake of formal services tends to be lower than in other conditions related to ageing. This paper is based on a qualitative study undertaken in the Australian state of Queensland and explores issues of access to and use of formal services in dementia care from the perspective of the informal family carers. It identifies three critical points at which changes in policy and practice in the formal care system could improve the capability of informal carers to continue to care for their family member with dementia: when symptoms first become apparent and a diagnosis is sought; when the condition of the person with dementia changes resulting in a change to their support needs; and when the burden of informal care being experienced by the carer is so great that some form of transition appears to be immanent in the care arrangement.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number486521
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Aging Research
    Volume2014
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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