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Respite for caregivers. A community-based model in a rural setting

Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Author: Hayes, J. M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1999

Abstract:

Currently in the United States, 4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease (AD), and projections are that this population will increase to 7 million by the year 2040. Traditionally, care for these clients is provided by family, relatives, and friends--an informal caregiver network (ICN). Changing demographics in the United States are threatening this caring network. When these factors are coupled with the recent emphasis on cost containment in health care, caring for this client population has become a significant political, economic, and societal issue. Strategies must be developed to meet the needs of both the clients and their caregivers. Respite services have been identified as an effective strategy in the ongoing management of clients with AD. A model is proposed to provide community-based respite services in a rural setting in northeast Georgia. The need for respite services, along with barriers to the use of such services by clients and their caregivers, is described. Strategies to overcome barriers and provide needed services in a cost effective and sensitive manner are presented. Implications for nursing and related disciplines are discussed.

Further Details

Alt Title: J Gerontol Nurs
Publish Dates: Jan
Author Address: North Georgia College, Dahlonega 30597, USA.
Pages: 22-6
Volume: 25
Issue: 1
ISBN/ISSN: 0098-9134
Accession Number: 22.03.06
Notes: United states Journal Article
Keywords: Aged*Alzheimer Disease/nu [Nursing]*Caregivers/px [Psychology]*Community Health Services/og [Organization & Administration]Cost-Benefit AnalysisGeorgia*Geriatric Nursing/og [Organization & Administration]HumansModels, NursingModels, OrganizationalNursing AssessmentProgram Evaluation*Respite Care/og [Organization & Administration]*Rural Health Services/og [Organization & Administration]
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