The British Psychological Society (BPS) has recently drawn attention to research conducted at the Dept of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State, and published in the Gerontologist, which demonstrates that adult day respite care services can reduce the level of the stress involved for carers.
Research at Penn State, involving eight daily telephone interviews on consecutive days for 173 family caregivers, indicates that carers who looked after older relatives with dementia became less stressed when those relatives attended adult day services (ADS). Caregivers appeared to be in better mood when ADS was provided for family members with dementia. Unsurprisingly perhaps, these cares had lower exposure to care-related stressors, and had more positive experiences. ADS appears is reported to have a buffering effect on the relationships between non-care stressors and depressive mood.
Read more: Reducing stress for dementia caregivers. BPS.
Reducing stress for dementia caregivers. Leicester: British Psychological Society (Online), May 29th 2013.
LaJeunesse, S. (2013). Adult day services for dementia patients provide stress relief to caregivers. Penn State News, May 23rd 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].