Journal article

Home-based assessment for family carers: a preventative strategy to identify and meet service needs.

J Nankervis, H Schofield, H Herrman, S Bloch

Int J Geriatr Psychiatry | Published : 1997


OBJECTIVE: To identify unmet need for services among family carers and their frail or disabled relatives and to facilitate links to services. DESIGN: Intervention study with a subgroup of carer dyads from a random statewide survey of family carers, followed by telephone 2 months post intervention. SETTING: Carer dyads in general community; urban and rural Victoria. PARTICIPANTS: All 186 identified carers were approached. One-third of the dyads were ineligible; of the remainder, 67 (53%) participated, matching refusals on sociodemographic characteristics. Carers were typically married, middle-aged women looking after parents or spouses. Almost half of the care recipients were aged > or = 80; ..

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