Burden among family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease in nursing homes

Jane B. Tornatore, Leslie A. Grant

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Abstract

Purpose: This article examines family caregiver burden after placement of a relative with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia in a nursing home. Design and Methods: A systems-oriented contextual approach was used to study burden in 276 family caregivers. Results: SAS PROC MIXED analysis showed burden to be associated with caregiver age, length of time involved in caregiving, custodial units, involvement in hands-on care, and expectations for care. Implications: The findings suggest that more services aimed at relieving caregiver burden after nursing home placement may be warranted, particularly so for caregivers who are older and for those who had a shorter length of involvement in direct caregiving before institutionalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-506
Number of pages10
JournalGerontologist
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2002

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Family caregiver
  • Nursing home
  • Special care unit
  • Stress

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