139. Carers and the Role of the Family

  1. Alan J. Sinclair2,3,
  2. Dr John E. Morley4 and
  3. Professor Bruno Vellas5
  1. Jo Moriarty

Published Online: 12 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119952930.ch139

Pathy's Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine, Volume 1 & 2, Fifth Edition

Pathy's Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine, Volume 1 & 2, Fifth Edition

How to Cite

Moriarty, J. (2012) Carers and the Role of the Family, in Pathy's Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine, Volume 1 & 2, Fifth Edition (eds A. J. Sinclair, J. E. Morley and B. Vellas), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119952930.ch139

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK

  2. 3

    Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP), Luton, UK

  3. 4

    Saint Louis University School of Medicine and St Louis Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, St Louis, MO, USA

  4. 5

    Gérontopôle, Toulouse University Hospital and INSERM Unit 558, University of Toulouse III, Toulouse, France

Author Information

  1. King's College London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683934

Online ISBN: 9781119952930

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Keywords:

  • Caregivers;
  • carers;
  • carer support;
  • interventions for carers;
  • support groups;
  • respite

Summary

This chapter describes the key role that carers play in supporting family members. While most carers are highly motivated to continue to care and derive satisfactions from their role, caring can also have consequences for many aspects of their lives. A summary of the key services available to support carers are presented. The chapter suggests that services need to be more responsive to carers' in order to maximise their effectiveness.