Adult day service use and reductions in caregiving hours: effects on stress and psychological well-being for dementia caregivers
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2002
Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 55–62, January 2003
How to Cite
Gaugler, J. E., Jarrott, S. E., Zarit, S. H., Stephens, M.-A. P., Townsend, A. and Greene, R. (2003), Adult day service use and reductions in caregiving hours: effects on stress and psychological well-being for dementia caregivers. Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry, 18: 55–62. doi: 10.1002/gps.772
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 OCT 2002
- Manuscript Received: 3 FEB 2002
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
- National Institute on Aging. Grant Number: 1RO1AG1135
- adult day care;
- Alzheimer's disease;
- community-based care;
- adult day services;
- informal caregiving;
- family caregiving
The objective of this study was to determine whether adult day service use interacts with decreases in primary caregiving hours (i.e. the time caregivers spent on activities of daily living/instrumental activities of daily living, memory problems, and behavior problems for patients) to alleviate caregiver stress and negative mental health over time.
Three-month longitudinal data from the Adult Day Care Collaborative Study (n=400) were used.
Decreases in memory problem hours among adult day service users were associated with reduced feelings of role overload; decreases in ADL hours among non-users were associated with decreases in worry and strain over a three-month period.
The findings suggest that adult day services are potentially effective in restructuring caregiving time and providing respite to family members. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.