Effect of a residential respite admission for older people on regional Queensland family carers

Neville, C. C. and Byrne, G. J. A (2008) Effect of a residential respite admission for older people on regional Queensland family carers. Collegian, 15 4: 159-164.


Author Neville, C. C.
Byrne, G. J. A
Title Effect of a residential respite admission for older people on regional Queensland family carers
Journal name Collegian   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7696
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2008.06.003
Volume 15
Issue 4
Start page 159
End page 164
Total pages 6
Editor John Dally
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
920202 Carer Health
111001 Aged Care Nursing
Abstract Objective: This study undertaken in regional Queensland aimed to determine the effect of a residential respite care (RRC) admission for older people on family carers. Method: The study used a repeated measures, prospective design. The participants were 100 family carers and their older dependants who were studied before and after the RRC admission. Results: Family carer psychological distress increased after a period of RRC [F (1, 57) = 250.9, p < .001] as did the level of caregiver burden [F (1, 57) = 189.8, p < .001]. The presence of dementia and hearing problems in the RRC recipients, the psychological distress of the family carer, being younger and a spouse of the RRC recipient all predicted carer burden. Conclusions: It is not surprising that RRC, once over, does not necessarily reduce psychological distress and carer burden if this is associated with ongoing caring responsibilities that are resumed after RRC. Nurses need to discuss these issues with family carers and inform them of the likely outcomes of RRC and how they may better utilise the ‘break’ provided by RRC to counteract some of this response.
Keyword aged
carer burden
Nursing Home
nursing resaerch
psychological distress
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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