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Service consumption patterns over time among adult day care program participants

Home Health Care Services Quarterly

Author: Kirwin, P. M., Kaye, L. W.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1991


Data from the files of 59 adult day care (ADC) programs funded by area agencies on aging in Pa are drawn on to describe ADC services utilized by elder participants & to trace the relationship between formal service consumption & the helping behaviors of family caregivers. Supplementary data were obtained through semistructured interviews with 54 elderly clients & 67 of their caregivers. Analysis indicates that elderly clients rejected 1 or more services offered by ADC staff 59% of the time. Consumption of homemaking, transportation, & counseling services escalated over time, although total formal services used remained minimal. Family helpers performed both a greater range & intensity of support functions as compared to ADC programs. Program strategies & future research directions are suggested.

Further Details

Pages: 45-58
Volume: 12
Issue: 4
Accession Number: 15.5.03
Keywords: older, carer
Reads: 134