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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

Abstract:

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: 128
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