Carers’ views on respite care for adults with mental disorders

Jardim, Claudia and Pakenham, Kenneth I. (2010) Carers’ views on respite care for adults with mental disorders. Advances in Mental Health, 9 1: 84-97.

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Author Jardim, Claudia
Pakenham, Kenneth I.
Title Carers’ views on respite care for adults with mental disorders
Journal name Advances in Mental Health
ISSN 1838-7357
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 84
End page 97
Total pages 14
Place of publication Maleny, QLD, Australia
Publisher eContent Management
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Although respite care has the potential to reduce carer burden, few published studies have investigated respite care for mental health carers. The purpose of this primarily qualitative study was to examine informal mental health carers' perceptions of respite care. Participants were 106 carers caring for an adult with mental illness recruited through carer support organizations. Carers provided written responses to open-ended questions covering four areas: barriers, positive and negative aspects, and improvements associated with respite care. A total of 36% had accessed respite care and 64% had never accessed respite care. The most frequently reported respite themes for both users and non-users in each of the four areas relevant to carers and care recipients were: barriers - care-recipient's reluctance to use respite; carer positives - caregiving relief; care recipient positives - socializing and participation in activities; carer negatives - problematic characteristics of the service; care recipient negatives - lack of suitable activities; carer improvements - increased access and availability of services; care recipient improvements - greater support and understanding of mental health issues. Findings indicate that respite care services should be tailored to the demands of mental health caregiving providing flexibility in options across factors such as frequency, duration, location, transport access, support levels, staff training, activities and routines, graduated entry, type of respite (eg, in-home, hospital, drop-in centre), and crisis/acute respite. Copyright © 2011 RMIT Publishing
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Keyword Respite care
Mental health services
Carer burden
Family caregivers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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