- • The significant role of the family care giver supporting a loved one experiencing dementia is becoming increasingly recognized by modern health care service providers. However, very little research activity has been directed towards studying how such important care providers develop meaningful and healthy relationships with the paid professionals supporting them in this important role.
- • This grounded theory study has strived to examine this important relationship in some detail with a clear intention of creating a theoretical explanation (model) that will more explicitly explain how this relationship might be developed and strengthened for the benefit of both the care recipient and their family care provider.
- • The findings from the study demonstrate how this relationship may be initiated managed and strengthened. How, under certain circumstances, this relationship may be enhanced or alternatively restricted; and how either trajectory may impact upon both the relationship between carer and key worker and consequently how the quality of this relationship may impact upon the care environment itself.
- • The substantive theory derived from this research has important implication for both health care professionals working within the field of dementia care as well as for those individuals are providing care and support to a close relative or friend living with dementia, especially at the early stage of their caring experience. Additionally this study's findings have important implications for not only those providing care, but also for health care management, researchers and those providing training and education at all levels within this sector.