Informal caregivers of institutionalized dementia residents: Predictors of burden

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Abstract

When older adults are placed in nursing homes, care- giving responsibility continues, despite long held beliefs to the contrary. Although the American family is in transition, bonds of care-giving and of filial responsibility are strong and persist into Old age. Knowledge about characteristics of caregivers who have actually placed their relative in a nursing home is limited. The purpose of this study is to examine whether demographic and facility-related characteristics as well as knowledge about dementia and participation in support groups and workshops are significant predictors of burden in caregivers of institutionalized dementia residents. Sixty-seven percent of caregivers of residents in a dementia unit in a nursing home participated in the study. Overall, the regression explained 68% of the variance in burden and was highly significant statistically. Information gained from this study will assist social workers in making referrals to nursing homes or in direct practice with cognitively impaired nursing home residents and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-82
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume23
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1995

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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